Double coin ingestion in a child: a rare occurrence


  • Sonali Malhotra Department of ENT, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India



Child, Foreign body coin, Oesophagoscopy


Foreign bodies in the esophagus pose a common ENT emergency, often involving a single coin that typically passes without harm. However, the occurrence of paired coin foreign bodies is exceptionally rare. A notable case involves a 3-year-old child who presented to the ENT emergency department with sudden dysphagia and vomiting. A plain X-ray of the soft tissue in the neck and chest revealed a unique finding-a double circular opacity in the cervical esophagus, indicating the ingestion of two foreign bodies in perfect radiological alignment. Given the rarity of such cases, coupled with the challenges in diagnosis when a comprehensive history is unavailable, this instance stands out. The child underwent a rigid esophagoscopy under general anesthesia to address the situation. This case underscores the importance of considering uncommon scenarios in clinical practice and the necessity for thorough diagnostic approaches, especially in the absence of a detailed patient history. The presentation of dual foreign bodies in precise radiological alignment adds a layer of complexity to the diagnosis, highlighting the need for a nuanced and vigilant approach in managing such infrequent but potentially serious cases in the ENT emergency setting.


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