Longstanding endobronchial foreign body: A case report

R. Trisolini, R. Dore, R. Bertolini, L. Pasturenzi, A. Fede Catania, G. Gualtieri, M. Luisetti, M. Torre

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There are many circumstances in which the diagnosis of endobronchial inhalation of a foreign body (FB) can be missed. Generally, in such cases, within weeks or at most months from the event, clinical bronchopulmonary symptoms develop which allow a correct diagnosis to be made and significant complications to be avoided. We report the case of a patient in whom an endobronchial FB remained undiagnosed, because of lack of symptoms, for almost three years, and then caused significant complications before being identified and removed. Problems related to diagnosis and therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-261
Number of pages5
JournalDiagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Endobronchial foreign body
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • Pneumonia
  • Spiral CT scan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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