Crab Shell Impaction in the Larynx with Aphonia
Objective: To report a case of crab shell impaction at the glottic level presenting only as aphonia and cough.
Design: Case Report
Setting: Tertiary Government Hospital
Patient: One (1)
Results: A 36-year-old male, who presented in emergency with sudden aphonia after a meal, was found to have crab shell with leg spines impacted at the glottic level. Due to its large size, ragged edges and the sharp spines stuck in the tissue, endoscopic removal needed a prior tracheostomy. All pieces were extracted, with no bleeding, laceration or tissue damage. The patient completely recovered with normal vocal folds and a normal voice at follow up.
Conclusion: Our experience suggests that an impacted foreign body may warrant a tracheostomy to secure the airway prior to extraction, and avoid any possible complications including laryngeal injury.
Keywords: foreign body, larynx, crab shell, loss of voice
Copyright transfer (all authors; where the work is not protected by a copyright act e.g. US federal employment at the time of manuscript preparation, and there is no copyright of which ownership can be transferred, a separate statement is hereby submitted by each concerned author). In consideration of the action taken by the Philippine Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in reviewing and editing this manuscript, I hereby assign, transfer and convey all rights, title and interest in the work, including copyright ownership, to the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (PSOHNS) in the event that this work is published by the PSOHNS. In making this assignment of ownership, I understand that all accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the PSOHNS and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the PSOHNS unless shared under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.