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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 2:78

First Online: 11 March 2008Received: 18 November 2007Accepted: 11 March 2008DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-2-78

Cite this article as: Huang, CT., Ho, CC., Tsai, YJ. et al. J Med Case Reports 2008 2: 78. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-2-78

Abstract

IntroductionA tracheobronchial foreign body is a rarely mentioned cause of massive hemoptysis. Although an aspirated toothpick is a well-known cause of traumatic injury to the respiratory tract, a similar device called a dental floss pick, which is much larger than a toothpick, has never been described as a tracheobronchial foreign body.

Case presentationWe report a case of massive hemoptysis in a 32-year-old man due to a dental floss pick in the left main bronchus. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy was successful in removing the foreign body.

ConclusionTracheobronchial foreign body can be a medical emergency requiring immediate intervention and massive hemoptysis may be the presenting symptom. Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy is recommended as the first-line treatment modality for tracheobronchial foreign body removal. A dental floss pick may present as a tracheobronchial foreign body and can reside in the airway asymptomatically for many years.

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Autor: Chun-Ta Huang - Chao-Chi Ho - Yi-Ju Tsai - Pan-Chyr Yang

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