A Case Report Highlighting That Silica Gel Products Are Not Always Benign
- Author(s): Lassiter, Nolan
- Yang, Nhia
- Tiyyagura, Lakshma
- Whitlow, K. Scott
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2020.7.47673
Introduction: Silica gel packets are commonly used desiccants for medication products; these packets generally only pose a choking risk in young children. However, new cylindrical desiccant canisters have been developed, which may increase the risk for obstruction in adults.
Case Report: An elderly male presented to the emergency department complaining of difficulty swallowing after taking his morning medications. Through a diligent work-up a desiccant canister was found lodged in the lower esophageal sphincter. The patient was endotracheally intubated and a Roth Net retriever was used to remove the canister.
Conclusion: Cylindrical desiccant canisters pose an increased risk of esophageal obstruction.