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November 1940

VEGETABLE FOREIGN BODY IN THE LUNG FOR A MONTH: Successful Removal; Recovery Complicated by Measles

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(5):951. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020958013

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It is rare for vegetable material, such as peanuts, corn or beans, to remain in the lung of a young child for long without causing fatal bronchopneumonia.

I am reporting a case in which such a foreign body remained in the right main bronchus for a month and was successfully removed.

REPORT OF A CASE  K. W., a baby aged 21 months, was given a corncob to play with; he suddenly choked and had a paroyxsm of coughing, becoming cyanotic for a while. The mother examined the corncob, to which a few kernels of corn were still attached, and saw that apparently a small piece of it was missing. She tried various measures to dislodge the substance, even to holding the child by the feet head downward, but was unsuccessful.The child continued to have paroxysms of coughing, especially on lying down. Fever developed, and the baby was irritable and

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