The prompt removal of a metallic object caught in the esophagus rarely presents difficulties to a surgeon with modern training in this specialty. When such an object has been impacted over a long period, however, the resultant scarring complicates the issue.
REPORT OF CASE
A girl, aged 7 years, was referred to me from another state, Jan. 10, 1933, with the following history: In the summer of 1930 she had swallowed a textile machine bobbin. Although she duly reported this fact to her parents, no particular attention was paid to her story until after many months they noticed that she was having difficulty in swallowing and that she had lost weight and strength. Two years after the accident the presence of the bobbin in the upper part of the esophagus was proved by a roentgenogram. Dr. N. E. Sellers of Anniston, Ala., performed a gastrostomy to prevent starvation and dehydration.