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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-109

Unusual foreign bodies in the aerodigestive tract

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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Dr. Ajiya A
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ssajm.ssajm_28_19

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Background Foreign body impaction in the airways is usually accidental in adults and deliberate insertion is rare. Magicians and other traditional healers perform various forms of magic, which are dangerous and could sometimes fail. This report conveys our recent experience with the aspiration of needles by magicians following failed magic. Case Summary Two male magicians aged 19 and 24years presented with the aspiration of 2 needles each while performing magic to sell their traditional medicines. Both had similar symptoms of dysphagia, odynophagia and neck pain. Plain radiograph of the soft tissue neck confirmed long sewing needles in the Pharynx and larynx respectively. Both patients had their foreign bodies successfully removed under general anaesthesia. Conclusion Dangerous forms of magic could fail and may lead to life-threatening emergencies. Fatal outcomes are only avoided if facilities and expertise are readily available.

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