June 1999 Issue

Beware Crusty Bagels and Other Sharp Foods

The lowly bagel as esophageal terrorist? That was the experience of one woman, who had to be hospitalized after biting into a bagel. The problem? A rip in her upper esophagus from the bagel's sharp crust. She recovered with treatment. But it could have been worse.Although esophageal lacerations from food are not common, when they do occur, they can be serious-even life-threatening-if not treated promptly. Several cases, including one that required a blood

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