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November 1930

ENDOGENOUS FOREIGN BODIES IN THE TRACHEOBRONCHIAL TREE

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DIXON, ILL.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;12(5):601-602. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03570010683004
Abstract

A great many foreign bodies of exogenous origin have been reported found in the tracheobronchial tree. One occasionally reads reports concerning foreign bodies of endogenous origin in this location. Most of these reports have to do with calcified lymph nodes that have ulcerated into the bronchus.1 In these reports the symptoms were those produced by the many foreign bodies that are aspirated through the mouth. In several cases the diagnosis was not made until the patient in extremis coughed out calcareous material.2 Small bronchial casts that were coughed out in the course of aspiration of the pus from lung abscesses have been reported. Dr. Clerf 3 reported seventeen bronchoscopies that were done in one case to rid the tracheobronchial tree of crusting.

On Dec. 17, 1929, I was called to the Dixon State Hospital to see a nurse who had been having difficulty in breathing for the

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