November 2017 Critical Care Case of the Month
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8:00AM
Rick Robbins, M.D. in CT scan, Foley catheter, epiglottitis, laryngoscopy, obstructive uropathy, renal failure, septic shock, sore throat, symtoms, treatment

Stephanie Fountain, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ USA


History of Present Illness

A 56-year-old man presented with “food stuck in throat” since eating steak 18 hours prior to presentation. He is unable to eat or drink and has a sore throat. He is able to speak but has a “hoarse voice.” He denied drooling.

Past Medical History, Family History, and Social History

Physical Exam

Which of the following should be done next? (Click on the correct answer to proceed to the second of six pages)

  1. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  2. Papain (Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer®) administration
  3. Tracheostomy
  4. 1 and 3
  5. All of the above

Cite as: Fountain S. November 2017 critical care case of the month. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2017;15(5):191-8. doi: PDF

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