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Canadian Respiratory Journal - Volume 20 2013, Issue 6, Pages e98-e99

Clinico-Pathologic Conferences Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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.

Autor: Alexandra Bain, Althea Barthos, Victor Hoffstein, and Jane Batt



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