Removal of a Coin from the Cricopharynx
At around 10.00 p.m. on January 11th, 2005 a one and half year old boy named Parthiban, was brought to our hospital from a village in Polur Taluk, about 45 kilometers from Peedam. He was suffering with an imbalanced electrolyte condition and a very low blood glucose level.
It was reported that the boy, two days ago whilst playing swallowed two one-rupee coins. One coin was removed by holding the child upside down and shaking him, but the other remained lodged inside his throat preventing him from eating anything, solid or liquid.
He was taken to several hospitals, but nothing was done. Finally they brought him to the Sri Narayani Hospital & Research Centre. An X-ray was taken which clearly showed that the coin was stuck in the Cricopharynx (respiratory tract). The ENT Surgeon, Dr. E. Sivakumar decided to perform surgery to remove the coin with the help of the Anaesthetist, Dr. Sundara Babu, who administered the general anesthesia. The surgery started at 5.40 a.m. using a bronchoscope which took a total of about ten minutes for the surgeon to remove the coin successfully. After the surgery, the child was able to eat normally and showed immediate signs of recovery.