Incidence:
Most seen in children 3-4 years old
Etiology:
Most common foreign body is peanuts
• Highly suggested if symptoms are acute choking, coughing, wheezing; often a witnessed
event
Clinical-depends on location
– Sudden onset of respiratory distress
– Cough, hoarseness, shortness of breath
– Wheezing
Complications-
obstruction, erosion, infection (fever, cough, pneumonia, hemoptysis,
atelectasis)
Diagnosis-
Chest x-ray reveals airtrapping. Bronchoscopy for definite diagnosis.
Therapy-removal by rigid bronchoscopy

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