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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2011, Article ID 274102, 4 pages
Case Report

Iatrogenic Migration of an Impacted Pharyngeal Foreign Body of the Hypopharynx to the Prevertebral Space

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus, Mantouvalou Street, Nikaia, 18454 Piraeus, Greece

Received 19 January 2011; Accepted 19 September 2011

Academic Editor: Charles Monroe Myer

Copyright © 2011 Jiannis Hajiioannou 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.


Impaction of foreign bodies in the upper aerodigestive tract is commonly encountered in ENT practice. The present paper describes an iatrogenic complication with migration of an impacted foreign body (chicken bone) of the hypopharynx into the prevertebral space, after unsuccessful attempt of endoscopic removal. The foreign body was visualized with cervical CT scan lying extraluminally between the major vessels of the neck. An open surgical procedure with neck exploration was necessary for the definite treatment.