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Case Report

Lifesaving Device Presenting as Bronchial Foreign Body

Sunil Kumar, Hitendra P Singh, Anupriya Hajela

Citation Information : Kumar S, Singh HP, Hajela A. Lifesaving Device Presenting as Bronchial Foreign Body. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2019; 11 (2):52-54.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1315

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 23-11-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


The common tracheobronchial foreign bodies in adults are food items such as peanuts. Aspirated medical devices are rarely seen. If a tracheobronchial foreign body is not diagnosed and removed early, severe complications such as pneumonia and atelectasis can result. We are presenting a 50-year-male patient with accidental aspiration of fractured metallic tracheostomy tube in the left main bronchus. Patient was otherwise asymptomatic. The foreign body was removed under general anesthesia using a zero degree endoscope and bronchoscopic forceps. Postoperative period was uneventful, and the patient was discharged the next day with oral medications. This case has been described here as lifesaving device presented as life-threatening emergency and to highlight the importance of tracheostomy tube care.

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