Case report of uncommon esophageal foreign body: goat’s eye


  • Suresh Mani 1Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Gayathri Swaminathan Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India



Esophagoscopy, Foreign body, Health education


Foreign bodies of upper aero digestive tract are commonly dealt by an otolaryngologist. We have seen a variety of foreign bodies of esophagus, varying from irritants to non irritants, sharp to big blunt objects which almost always require intervention. An elderly man presented to us with acute onset of dysphagia after ingesting meat. On flexible esophagoscopy, it was found to be an uncommon foreign body of the esophagus which is goat’s eye. We believe this is the first of its kind to be reported in the literature. He had consumed the whole eyeball with the belief that it would improve his vision. Even in today’s era such weird customs and practices prevail in many remote places. Health education should be advocated in target areas to bring about a change in the mindset of people. 


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