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March 1943

FOREIGN BODY IN THE BRONCHIAL TREEOccurrence of an Object of Unusual Size

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(3):421-424. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030431009

Foreign bodies in the bronchi are not rare. A foreign body such as was found in this case usually lodges in the esophagus or the larynx rather than in the bronchus. This case is presented because of the following unusual features: the extraordinarily large size and the location of the foreign body; the asymptomatic course; the difficulty of roentgenographic visualization, and the mechanical difficulty of removal.

REPORT OF A CASE  E. W., a 60 year old man, presented himself to the otolaryngology outpatient department of the Metropolitan Hospital, with a history of having swallowed a beef bone three weeks ago. At that time he had a short coughing spell and a sharp pain in the left side of the chest. Since then he had complained of coughing spells associated with mild pains in the chest. Examination at the clinic of the hypopharynx and larynx revealed nothing abnormal. The patient was