Imaging Case Answer: Foreign Body
Diagnosis: Fishbone lodged in oropharynx.
Presentation: Typically as above, well appearing with sometimes having just eaten a meal. Patient may present with a feeling of something stuck.
Imaging of choice:
- Plain films are typical first choice (sensitivity around 35%)
- CT has a sensitivity of 95% for bones
- Plain films have lower sensitivity for organic matter, if available ultrasound can be used.
Treatment: Admit for medical monitoring.
Disposition: Admit to floor/ICU depending on airway status. This patient was admitted to the pedediatric intermediate care unit and observed overnight for non-emergent bronchoscopy. The bone had left spontaneously on re-imaging the next day.
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