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J Accid Emerg Med. Jul 1996; 13(4): 291.
PMCID: PMC1342740
Aspiration pneumonia in a mentally handicapped patient due to a foreign body impacted in the pharynx: a near fatal outcome.
S Asgarali, V Nandapalan, D Phillips, and O Osunuga
ENT Department, Walton Hospital, Liverpool.
Abstract
A case is reported of a mentally handicapped women with dysphagia caused by a foreign body impacted in the pharynx. The case illustrates a potential pitfall in the management of patients who are unable to communicate either verbally or in writing and who present with acute dysphagia.
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