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Oral Approach Retrieval of Pharyngeal Linear Foreign Body in a Dog.


A mongreal dog was presented with history of swallowing a sewing needle and was restless with frequent attempt to swallow and cough. The needle was retrieved through oral approach and the dog recovered uneventfully.

Keywords: Linear foreign body; mongrel dog; pharyngeal


Dogs due to their inquisitive nature, may consume variety of foreign bodies like needles, bones, stones and strings etc. These foreign bodies depending on their size and shape may be lodged in inter dental spaces, pharynx (Hallstorm, 1970), oesophagus (Ryan and Green, 1975), other parts of gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Sharp objects like needles may be lodged in tongue, palate or pharynx (Hallstorm, 1970; Macintire et al., 2005; Gugjoo et al., 2012). This paper presents a case of linear foreign body lodged at base of tongue and pharynx and its successful retrieval.

Materials and Methods

A three years old male mongrel dog was presented with a history of consuming a sewing needle. On clinical examination it was found that the dog was restless with frequent attempts to vomit. Radiograph of revealed a linear foreign body in pharynx (Fig. 1 and 2). The dog was sedated and a piece of thread was found at base of tongue with the help of a long needle holder, the thread was grasped and needle was pulled out slowly (Fig. 3). The dog was given Amoxycillin-Cloxacillin @ 11 mg per kg b. wt., IM, for three days post retrieval of foreign body.

Results and Discussions

The foreign body which was retrieved was a sewing needle with a piece of thread attached. The needle might have pierced through the base of tongue and moved up to pharynx during swallowing attempts. The dog recovered uneventfully. Hallstorm (1970), Macintire et al. (2005) and Gugjoo et al. (2012) also reported the same.


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Hallstormm, M. (1970). Surgery of the canine mouth and pharynx. J. Small Anim. Pract. 11: 105-11.

Macintire, D.K., Drobatz, K.J. and Haskins, S.C. (2005). Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. 1st ed., Baltimore, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, p. 123.

Ryan, W.W. and Green, R.W. (1975). The conservative Management of esophageal foreign bodies and their complications: A review of 66 cases in dogs and cats. J. Amer. Anim. Hosp. Assoc. 11: 243.

J. Radhakrishna Rao (1) and C. Latha (2)

Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex Veterinary Hospital College of Veterinary Science P. V. Narasimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University Bhoigoda Hyderabad - 560003 (Telangana).

(1.) Assistant Professor and Corresponding author. E-mail:

(2.) Assistant Professor

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Title Annotation:Short Communication
Author:Rao, J. Radhakrishna; Latha, C.
Publication:Intas Polivet
Article Type:Clinical report
Date:Jul 1, 2016
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