We present a particular case of a “captive” forceps in the esophagus in an attempt to remove a foreign body in a patient with previous esophageal post-caustic stenosis. The mechanism of incarceration and the surgical therapeutic option consisting of open thoracic surgery are detailed and argumented. Postoperative course was favorable, though the patient developed a small esophageal fistula visible at radiology without any clinical expression. This case emphasizes the difficulties that may occur but in the management of esophageal foreign bodies in patients with esophageal post-caustic stenosis, which may lead finally to open surgery.



Esophageal foreign body, post-caustic stenosis, esophageal radiological fistula