International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences ISSN: 2167-0404 Vol. 6 (5), pp. 327-331, May, 2016. © International Scholars Journals

Case Report
 
Foreign body (peg pin) in the upper esophagus of Nigerian children: Report of two cases
 
Onotai L.O, Nwogbo A.C, Uyawanne N, Peterside A.
 
Department of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery, University of  Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Corresponding author. E-mail onotailuckinx@yahoo.co.uk

Received 28 March, 2016; Accepted 13 May, 2016

Abstract
 
Foreign body (FB) ingestion is common in clinical practice especially in children. Its impaction in the upper oesophagus constitutes an important cause of morbidity and mortality in our environment. Due to the availability of various unfriendly household materials and gadgets in our surrounding, children are becoming more prone to the accidental ingestion of unusual foreign bodies such as peg pins. In our geographical area these are the first cases of ingestion of peg pins among children we have encountered in our clinical practice. Hence, we decided to report these cases highlighting the peculiarities of this particular foreign body and the mode of retrieval of the foreign body.
 
Key words: Foreign body, peg pin, upper esophagus, children, Nigeria.