A boy, aged 3 years, was referred by Dr. W. E. Beck of De Kalb, Texas. There was nothing of importance in the family or previous history. During the forenoon of the day on which the child was seen he was playing with a pipe stem and, his parents thought, swallowed it. He coughed and gagged somewhat at the time, but there was no marked dyspnea. A physician who was consulted at once thought that he could feel the foreign body by digital examination of the throat. Not being certain, however, he referred the case for further study. The patient came a distance of about thirty-five miles in an automobile over rather rough
Fig. 1.—Roentgenologic appearance of pipe stem in bronchus.
roads. At one time during the journey, there was a severe attack of dyspnea and cyanosis. This subsided after a few moments, and the boy suffered no further discomfort.
FULLER TE. REPORT OF A CASE OF PIPE STEM IN THE LEFT MAIN STEM BRONCHUS OF A CHILD. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;10(1):73–75. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620040083010
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