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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2013, Article ID 347325, 4 pages
Case Report

A Reclusive Foreign Body in the Airway: A Case Report and a Literature Review

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632004, India

Received 4 August 2013; Accepted 2 October 2013

Academic Editors: N. G. Iyer, N. Perez, K. Tae, and M. W. M. van den Brekel

Copyright © 2013 Ajay Philip 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.


A foreign body in the larynx is an airway emergency that requires urgent evaluation and treatment. Irregular foreign bodies tend to orient in a sagittal plane and may produce only partial obstruction, allowing adequate air movement, hence making them undetectable for a long period of time. We report a case of a laryngotracheal foreign body that remained reclusive for 9 years.