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January 1956


Author Affiliations

U. S. Army
Otolaryngology Service, Department of Surgery, Letterman Army Hospital, San Francisco.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(1):92. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830070094011

From A review of the standard texts of otolaryngology and bronchoesophagology and conversations with various otolaryngologists, tracheobronchial foreign bodies of the size to be reported have been seen rarely. Even more unusual is the fact that the patient survived this episode.

REPORT OF CASE  A 39-year-old nurse was brought into the emergency room after having aspirated a piece of meat 10 minutes earlier. She was immediately taken to the Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Section.Five minutes after arrival she appeared pale and apprehensive but was cooperative, and held the upper part of her body inclined forward at a 45 degree angle. Her voice was clear but weak, and there was no stridor or wheezing. She did not wear a dental prosthesis.Examination of the larynx and hypopharynx by mirror was negative, and there was no pooling of saliva. Her pulse was approximately 100, her blood pressure normal

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