Successful removal of an accidentally swallowed press-through package sheet using a detachable snare: A case report

DEN Open. 2021 Sep 7;2(1):e41. doi: 10.1002/deo2.41. eCollection 2022 Apr.


Accidental swallowing of press-through package (PTP) sheets that could cause esophageal perforation is commonly encountered in emergency departments requiring early detection and removal. We report a case in which an accidentally swallowed PTP sheet was removed from the esophagus using a detachable snare after usual endoscopic methods proved ineffective. A Japanese woman in her 60s visited the emergency department with a persistent sore throat. Cervicothoracic computed tomography revealed presence of a PTP sheet in the cervical esophagus, and emergency endoscopy was performed. Pre-endoscopy simulations using a sheet identical to the one swallowed by the patient indicated that the sheet would not have been retrievable using an overtube (its inner diameter was smaller than the sheet's diameter) and grasping forceps (they slipped off the sheet). It was successfully removed using a detachable snare, a device normally employed in colorectal polypectomy, allowing us to ligate the end of the sheet and pull it into the overtube. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of endoscopic removal of a PTP sheet from the esophagus using a detachable snare. We suggest that this novel method would facilitate removal of esophageal PTP sheets.

Keywords: detachable snare; endoscopic removal; foreign body; grasping forceps; press‐through package sheet.

Publication types

  • Case Reports