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Question: Where do esophageal foreign bodies usually lodge?

Answer:

Over 90% below the level of the cricopharyngeal muscle. The four most common areas are:

  1. At the level of the cricopharyngeal muscle
  2. At the level of the aortic arch and left mainstem bronchus
  3. At the esophageal gastric junction
  4. At pathologic sites of narrowing such as Zenker’s diverticulum and esophageal strictures

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