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August 1980

Bronchiectasis in Pediatric Patients Resulting From Aspirated Grass Inflorescences

Author Affiliations

From the Divisions of Pediatric Surgery (Drs Dudgeon and Frittelli) and Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr Parker), Department of Surgery, and the Department of Otolaryngology (Dr Rabuzzi), State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(8):979-983. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380080069014

• A grass inflorescence (flowering head) aspirated by a child is difficult to diagnose, and frequently cannot be retrieved by bronchoscopy. Of four pediatric patients with aspirated grass inflorescences, two had severe hemoptysis and the other two were septic at the time of diagnosis. Their chronic debilitation and bronchiectasis necessitated an eventual pulmonary resection, with full recovery in all four patients.

(Arch Surg 115:979-983, 1980)