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.
From the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Detroit, Michigan.
Resident in Orthopedics, St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan (S.S.R.); Instructor in Pathology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (M.L.T.); Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (O.R.); Professor of Pathology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan (W.U.S.).
Dr. Taff's present address: Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, East Meadow, New York.
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