Retention of Radiotranslucent Foreign Bodies in the Oesophagus as a Cause of Stridor

  • WS Winship
  • PD le Roux
  • BT le Roux


Two infants who presented with stridor were found to have radiotranslucent plastic objects impacted in the oesophagus at the level of the cricoid cartilage. From these 2 cases the lessons to be learnt are that oesophageal foreign bodies retained for even a short period may be a cause of stridor and that when these foreign bodies are not radiographically visible investigation must include the swallowing of contrast medium in which the foreign body should be visible as a translucency.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 831 (1974).

Author Biographies

WS Winship
Department of Paediatrics, Addington Hospital, Durban
PD le Roux
Department of Radiology, Addington and Wentworth Hospitals, Durban
BT le Roux
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Wentworth Hospital, Durban

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eISSN: 0256-95749
print ISSN: 2078-5135