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May 16, 1908

FOREIGN BODY REMOVED FROM RIGHT BRONCHUS BY LOW TRACHEOSCOPY.

JAMA. 1908;L(20):1609. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310460033003f

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Abstract

History.  —March 6, I was hastily called to see Mary P., aged 10 years, who for some time had suffered from laryngeal dyspnea, which had gradually increased in severity until radical measures were necessary. She was taken to a laryngologist who promptly made a diagnosis and inserted a No. 3 hard rubber tracheotomy tube into the trachea to give better breathing space. He dilated the stenosis successfully so that the patient was much improved.At 2 o'clock in the afternoon March 6 the tube was removed, cleaned and replaced. Two hours later, while eating cake, she had a sudden attack of coughing and cyanosis which passed off in a few moments. A little later, the attack was repeated. The nurse, much alarmed, immediately summoned a physician, who attempted to remove the tube. He succeeded in getting only the outside plate; the tube was missing. In the absence of the attending

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