ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

An Unusual Neck Mass: Ingested Chicken Bone
Erhan Demirhan 1, Metin İber 1, Özlem Yağız 1, Tolga Kandoğan 1, İbrahim Çukurova 2
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2016.150779
Pages : 695-697

Abstract

Background: Foreign bodies in the upper aerodigestive tract are frequently seen in otolaryngological practice, but migration of an ingested foreign body to the neck is a very rare condition. 

Case Report: We present a 66-year-old woman admitted to our outpatient department with a painful neck mass. She had a history of emergency department admission 4 months prior with odynophagia after eating chicken meal. A physical examination revealed a painful and hyperemic mass on the left neck. Antibiotherapy did not relieve the patient’s symptoms and signs. A 3-cm linear foreign body was observed in X-ray and computed tomography scans. The symptoms of the patient were relieved after excision of the foreign body. 

Conclusion: Although it is a rare situation, migration of a foreign body ingested through the aerodigestive tract to the neck should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of patients who present with neck masses. 

Keywords : Neck mass, chicken bone, foreign body, odynophagia, dysphagia

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