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Alexandra Bain, Althea Barthos, Victor Hoffstein, Jane Batt, "Foreign-Body Aspiration in the Adult: Presentation and Management", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 20, Article ID 754121, 2 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/754121
Foreign-Body Aspiration in the Adult: Presentation and Management
Nonasphyxiating foreign-body aspiration in adults can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are nonspecific and chest x-rays may be normal due to organic composition of the foreign bodies. The diagnosis is often made via flexible bronchoscopy; however, debate remains as to whether rigid or flexible bronchoscopy is the optimal method of extraction. The authors describe a patient who was initially referred for assessment of a calcified left mainstem bronchus mass identified only on computed tomography scan of the thorax. The patient underwent flexible bronchoscopy and was discovered to have a bone fragment wedged in the bronchus for a duration of 22 years, which was successfully removed via rigid bronchoscope.
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