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August 1984

Radiolucent Intratracheal Foreign Body Mistaken for Croup in a 9-Year-Old Boy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology (Dr Gyi), St Luke's—Roosevelt Medical Center; the Department of Radiology (Dr Austin), Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; and the Otolaryngology Service (Dr Eisenberg), Harlem Hospital Center, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(8):749-750. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140460041014

• Stridor was present for at least three months in a 9-year-old boy whose cervical trachea contained granulation tissue in association with a chronically enlodged plastic wheel, 1.8 cm in diameter. Roentgenograms revealed irregularly lobulated narrowing of the cervical trachea. Our clinical impression was croup until bronchoscopic examination led to removal of the toy. We could elicit no history of aspiration. Chronic stridor in association with a radiolucent intratracheal foreign body is unusual in the absence of a history of aspiration.

(AJDC 1984;138:749-750)