A Novel Approach to Oropharyngeal Foreign Body Removal.

TitleA Novel Approach to Oropharyngeal Foreign Body Removal.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsStrohl MP, Dewyer NA, Sckolnick J, Ryan WR
JournalOtolaryngol Head Neck Surg
Date Published2018 01
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Contrast Media, Diagnosis, Differential, Female, Foreign Bodies, Household Articles, Humans, Laryngoscopy, Male, Robotic Surgical Procedures, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Tongue

Grill wire brush bristle foreign bodies most commonly embed in the oropharynx. Often these bristles can be removed in the clinic; however, on occasion, the patient requires general anesthesia for retrieval because of the gag reflex and difficulty with access and visualization. We report here on 2 cases of patients who underwent successful transoral robotic surgical retrieval of wire bristles from the base of tongue after unsuccessful direct laryngoscopy. Otolaryngologists should be aware of the use of robotic assistance for oropharyngeal foreign body retrieval.

Alternate JournalOtolaryngol Head Neck Surg
PubMed ID29039243
Faculty Reference: 
Nicholas Dewyer, MD