A 67-year-old patient who had been diagnosed as having an esophageal foreign body and had undergone an unsuccessful endoscopic removal at a different hospital was referred to our department. Esophageal rupture, cervical emphysema and a cervical abscess associated with a foreign body between the hypopharynx and the cervical esophagus caused by unintentional ingestion of a partial denture were diagnosed on close examination. The partial denture between the hypopharynx and the cervical esophagus was removed through a cervical incision. The patient made good progress without having any serious complications. We recommend foreign body retrieval through a cervical incision when an endoscopic approach is difficult.
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