Published online Sep 16, 2014. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v6.i9.453
Revised: June 3, 2014
Accepted: June 27, 2014
Published online: September 16, 2014
Core tip: Foreign body ingestion is an emergency that often occurs in children or adults with psychiatric disorders or mental retardation. Here, we report the unique case of a chopstick lodged in the esophagus for 10 mo in a 50-year-old man. The chopstick was embedded 4 cm into the esophageal wall at both ends. Therefore, the procedure was performed under intravenous anesthesia. We made a 4-cm long incision, approximately 1 cm in depth in the esophageal mucosa using hot hemostatic forceps. This procedure took approximately 7 h to perform and an 18-cm long chopstick was removed.