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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2012, Article ID 890106, 3 pages
Case Report

Foreign Body Aspiration in Pregnancy

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ 07753, USA

Received 30 September 2012; Accepted 1 November 2012

Academic Editors: J. Higgins and S.-Y. Ku

Copyright © 2012 Andrew L. Atkinson and Joseph Canterino. 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.


A 24-year-old morbidly obese African American gravida 1, with a history of severe asthma complicated by multiple inpatient admissions, presents at 30 weeks gestation with a foreign body in her left main stem bronchus. After a failed bronchoscopy postpartum, the patient slipped into respiratory failure and was subsequently intubated, spending two weeks in the intensive care unit. After two more attempts of trying to retrieve the foreign object from her lung via bronchoscopy, she eventually contracted a postobstructive pneumonia and underwent a left lower lung lobectomy for curative treatment.