Previously described methods for dealing with acute food impaction in the esophagus are not uniformly efficacious, are cumbersome, and often prove dangerous. This paper describes a new technique using an endoscope which is modified such that the endoscope itself becomes a direct-vision suction device. We have successfully used the technique in seven patients with meat bolus impaction in the esophagus. The method proved quick and safe, and no complications occurred. After relieving the impaction an adequate diagnostic examination was done in all patients. In four patients with a predisposing peptic stricture and one with Schatzki's ring, treatment of the lesion was possible during the same endoscopic session.