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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 3092623, 3 pages
Case Report

A Case of Chronic Cough and Pneumonia Secondary to a Foreign Body

New York Medical College, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Pulmonary Department, Newark, NJ, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Joan Dabu; moc.liamg@ubadnaoj

Received 8 May 2017; Revised 7 August 2017; Accepted 10 August 2017; Published 18 September 2017

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2017 Joan Dabu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Foreign body aspiration occurs when a solid or semisolid object becomes lodged in the larynx or trachea. It can be a life-threatening emergency, especially if it is large enough to occlude the airway. However, small aspirated objects may go unnoticed until symptoms occur. Therefore, it is frequently misdiagnosed. A high level of clinical suspicion, patient’s risk factors, and thorough history and physical examination are essential in making the diagnosis. It should be considered in cases where there is unresolved chronic cough with or without associated recurrent pneumonia especially in patients with risks for aspiration.