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J Accid Emerg Med. 1996 July; 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.

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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  • LeFrock JL, Clark TS, Davies B, Klainer AS. Aspiration pneumonia: a ten-year review. Am Surg. 1979 May;45(5):305–313. [PubMed]
  • Huxley EJ, Viroslav J, Gray WR, Pierce AK. Pharyngeal aspiration in normal adults and patients with depressed consciousness. Am J Med. 1978 Apr;64(4):564–568. [PubMed]

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