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August 1986

Stone Basket Extraction of a Bronchial Foreign Body

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San Francisco; Long Beach, Calif

Arch Surg. 1986;121(8):975. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400080123027

He will also be led to a constant search for better instruments until he emerges finally as an artist, not an artisan.1

To the Editor.—The presence of a foreign body in the tracheobronchial tree is a common surgical problem, especially in children. Removal of a foreign body can at times prove difficult because of its location or structure. We report a case in which a small metal ball bearing was easily removed with the Dormier stone basket.

Report of a Case.—A 10-year-old girl was brought to Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif, after having aspirated a ball bearing. Roentgenograms showed a 5-mm radiopaque circular foreign body in the left main bronchus. Rigid bronchoscopy was performed in the operating room. The ball bearing could not be extracted by standard forceps, a Fogarty catheter,2 an electromagnet, or an open-ended suction catheter. A Dormier stone basket with a

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