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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2014, Article ID 646785, 2 pages
Case Report

Migration of a Swallowed Blunt Foreign Body to the Neck

Department of Otolaryngology, Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey

Received 2 December 2013; Accepted 24 December 2013; Published 30 January 2014

Academic Editors: H. Hiraumi, A. Rapoport, and S. Ulualp

Copyright © 2014 Kerem Ozturk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ingestion of foreign bodies is a common problem in the otolaryngology practice. Reports of extraluminal migration of the foreign bodies from the upper aerodigestive tract are rare. Penetration and extraluminal migration of ingested foreign bodies may cause severe vascular and suppurative complications, even death. We report a 4-year-old girl who presented with a mass and partial extrusion of a foreign body in the neck. She had a history of ingesting the plastic top piece of a knitting needle approximately 1 year ago. She had been asymptomatic until the present time. The examination revealed a red, blunt, rectangular plastic foreign body half embedded in the skin of the right neck. Esophagography with barium swallow, cervical X-rays, and computed tomography scans were obtained. The foreign body was easily removed under general anesthesia. Primary closure and direct laryngoscopy was also performed. The patient recovered very well without any complications.