Sudden Death Resulting from Chicken Bone Perforation of the Esophagus.Russo, Scott S. M.D.; Taff, Mark L. M.D.; Ratanaproeksa, Opas M.D.; Spitz, Werner U. M.D.American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology: September 1986 Residents' Corner: PDF Only Abstract : Sudden death caused by foreign-body perforation of the esophagus is distinctly uncommon. We report the death of an elderly patient in a nursing home who exsanguinated after she swallowed a chicken bone that perforated her esophagus and right common carotid artery. (C) Lippincott-Raven Publishers.