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April 1955

REMOVAL OF STRAIGHT PIN FROM LOWER LOBE BRONCHUS: Report of a Case in Which a Westinghouse Fluoroscopic Intensifier Was Used

Author Affiliations

Houston, Texas
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Baylor University College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(4):477-478. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020493018

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H. C., a girl, aged 5, was referred on April 21, 1954, having aspirated a straight pin, which had lodged in the right lower lobe of the lung. This had occurred approximately 24 hours before she was seen by me.

Upon admission to the hospital the pin was found to be lying in the anterior part of the lower right lobe, with the point upward at about the level of the diaphragm in a PA projection (Fig. A). In the lateral projection the pin can be seen in the anterior part of the lower lobe (Fig. B). About 24 hours after admission, and after all details had been carefully considered, it was concluded that this would necessarily have to be removed under fluoroscopy. The only available fluoroscope which we thought would be adequate to use in this case was the fluoroscopic intensifier (Fig. C), which was manufactured as its first

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