Chapter 17. Foreign Body Impaction in the Esophagus

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. George Triadafilopoulos MD, DSc Clinical Professor of Medicine

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch17

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Triadafilopoulos, G. (2008) Foreign Body Impaction in the Esophagus, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • foreign body impaction in esophagus;
  • radiological evaluation;
  • endoscopic retrieval;
  • management of foreign body-induced esophageal perforation;
  • endoscopic accessories for esophageal foreign body removal;
  • alligator forceps;
  • nakao snare system;
  • V-shaped grasping forceps;
  • timing for endoscopic retrieval of esophageal foreign body


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History and examination

  • Treatment

  • Management of foreign body-induced esophageal perforation

  • References