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Article
September 1934

METHOD FOR REMOVAL OF AN OPEN SAFETY-PIN, POINT UP, FROM THE BRONCHUS

Author Affiliations

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(3):424-426. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600030129011
Abstract

Generally the removal of an open safety-pin involves the use of well known principles. Occasionally the problem must be solved by a new application or combination of these principles. I believe that the following report of a case illustrates a method not heretofore described.

REPORT OF A CASE  A girl aged 10 years inhaled a ¾ inch (1.91 cm.) open safety-pin at about 1 p. m. on Dec. 27, 1933. A roentgenogram taken immediately showed it to be located point upward and inward at the level of the fourth dorsal vertebra. With this picture as a guide, an unsuccessful attempt was made the next morning to remove the pin with the aid of a 7 mm. bronchoscope. The impression was gained that the pin was deeper than was shown by the roentgenogram and that the point was upward and outward, although the head of the pin was the only portion

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