Approach to a Sewing Needle in the Parapharyngeal Space: A Case Report
Keywords:Foreign body, sewing needle, parapharyngeal space;, surgical emergency
Objective: To describe a unique situation of a sewing needle lodged in the parapharyngeal space and elucidate the problems encountered in its successful removal.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Private Hospital
Result: A 24-year-old male tailor accidentally swallowed a sewing needle that pierced the oropharyngeal wall and was wedged in the parapharyngeal space. After a thorough physical examination, 70 degree rod endoscopy, radiography and doppler ultrasonography and intraoperative C-arm X-ray for intraoperative localization and as a guide for extraction all yielded less than optimal guidance. Although an intra-oral approach was initially taken, the transcervical approach provided the best access.
Conclusion: Removal of a sharp foreign body in the parapharyngeal space should be considered a surgical emergency owing to its close proximity to vital structures and the potential for serious complications. Identifying the exact location may require a variety of imaging modalities, and foreign body extraction may entail multiple surgical approaches.
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