Watch it grow: Esophageal impaction with chia seeds

Andrew Simmelink, Rebecca E. Rawl, Lauren Browne, Martin Scobey


Esophageal obstructions are a medical emergency, due to inability to control secretions and risk of perforation. Epidemiology of esophageal foreign-body impaction has evolved to include increasing incidence of non-meat food causes as well as increasing underlying prevalence of pathologies including eosinophilic esophagitis.  Chia seeds, a staple known for health benefits, have an uncanny ability to absorb large quantities of water leading to a hydrated gel-like substance which can cause an obstruction.  We report the first case of chia seed impaction in a patient with likely eosinophilic esophagitis.

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Case Reports in Internal Medicine

ISSN 2332-7243(Print)  ISSN 2332-7251(Online)

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