THE COMMON straight pin aspirated into the bronchial tree often presents a most difficult and annoying problem in its removal.
When the pin drops into a bronchus that can be entered by a bronchoscope and the pin actually visualized, its removal is relatively simple through the bronchoscope with a Tucker tack and pin forceps, a side-grasping forceps or even a straight-grasping forceps.
In a few instances when the foreign body is just beyond the field of vision provided by the smallest suitable bronchoscope, gentle, blind probing and grasping have resulted in the pin being satisfactorily engaged and withdrawn into the bronchoscope.
However, the most annoying cases are those in which the straight pin has dropped or worked its way down into a terminal bronchus in the periphery of a lung. The smallest possible bronchoscope affording visualization, as, for instance, the 3 mm. Jesberg modification of the Jackson bronchoscope, many times
ALDEN H. MILLER. MANAGEMENT OF ASPIRATED STRAIGHT PINS IN THE BRONCHI UTILIZING THE STEREOSCOPIC FLUOROSCOPE. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(1):68–76. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750010087006