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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-80

Retrieval of aspirated iatrogenic, sharp foreign body using fiberoptic bronchoscope

1 Department of Anesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Priyanka Gupta
Department of Anesthesia, 5th Floor, Medical College Building, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/BJOA.BJOA_30_20

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Foreign body (FB) aspiration into the tracheobronchial tree is a fairly common occurrence in the pediatric age group. The most common FBs aspirated are organic materials. However, aspiration of iatrogenic FB is rare and infrequently reported. It is a challenge to retrieve a sharp and pointed FB without further injuring the tracheobronchial tree. We report an unusual case of sharp and pointed dental instrument aspiration in a 4-year-old boy, which was safely removed by a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope and sequestering the FB within the endotracheal tube without injuring the tracheobronchial mucosa.

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