Foreign Content in the Throat Photos: Closeup, magnified examination finds barbecue brush bristle base of tongue: Series of 4 photos Pain in throat (1 of 4) Pain in throat (1 of 4) While eating barbecued steak, this person felt a sharp pain deep in her throat. At this visit the next day, she continued to feel a sharp sensation, especially when swallowing. Note the faint dark line at the arrow. Closer view (2 of 4) Closer view (2 of 4) From a slightly closer vantage, the abnormality is seen better. Bristle identified (3 of 4) Bristle identified (3 of 4) At even closer range, the bristle is identified. Bristle to be removed (4 of 4) Bristle to be removed (4 of 4) At this final view, the metallic nature of the foreign body and stuck-on carbonaceous debris can be appreciated. This bristle was removed with cup forceps through a channel scope in an office setting.