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Esophageal coin with an unusual radiographic appearance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16215470     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Esophageal coins are typically seen as radiopaque disks on anteroposterior chest radiographs. This radiographic finding is generally considered classic for identifying "swallowed" coins as being in the esophagus. We report the case of an 11-year-old girl with an esophageal coin seen end-on on an anteroposterior chest radiograph and as a disk consistent with a coin in the lateral view. These findings are typically associated with coin aspiration. Clinicians should be wary of making the diagnosis of foreign body aspiration of coins by relying on single-view radiographic findings alone. When clinically reasonable, we suggest additional imaging to help further localize swallowed coins.
Gregory P Conners; James A Hadley
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-10     Completed Date:  2006-06-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  667-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Esophagus / radiography*
Foreign Bodies / radiography*

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