Martini Toothpick Warning

Daniel Malamud, Mary Harlan Murphy

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Abstract

To the Editor: We are writing to call attention to a new and potentially serious hazard associated with the hasty ingestion of martinis (or indeed Gibsons, as in the present case). One of us was partaking of a Gibson (gin, ice, essence of vermouth, and several cocktail onions speared on a flat wooden toothpick). As the beverage and onions were quickly consumed, the toothpick floated from the glass into the oral cavity and lodged, uncomfortably, in the posterior pharynx. An attempt to dislodge it by regurgitation resulted in transferring it up into the posterior nares, pointed end first. A trip….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1032
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume315
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 1986

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