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October 26, 1918

REPORT OF A CASE OF FOREIGN BODY IN LEFT MAIN BRONCHUS FOR TEN YEARS

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Toledo, Ohio

JAMA. 1918;71(17):1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020430002008b
Abstract

L. W. aspirated an old, somewhat irregular three-quarter inch staple when she was 9 years of age. At that time she was recovering from measles. She developed bronchopneumonia with subsequent abscesses and occasional hemorrhages. She was not able to attend school on account of feebleness and constant coughing of foul-smelling sputum. For ten years she passed a wretched existence.

For some unaccountable reason, no roentgen examination was made by any of the six physicians consulted during this ten-year period, and the patient was subjected to all kinds of consumption remedies in spite of the oft-told story of the accident. The family moved to Toledo, and at the Thalian Dispensary, Dr. Rabenoyich became suspicious that she was not tuberculous. Roentgenoscopy by Mr. Dachtler revealed the cause of the lung trouble. The staple was clearly outlined in the lower left bronchus, with the points upward. There was very little of the lung

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