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January 1960

Observations on One Hundred Cases of Bronchial Foreign Body

Author Affiliations

King of Prussia, Pa.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(1):42-58. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770010046005

Early in this century authors writing on bronchial foreign bodies were principally interested in the symptoms, circumstances of aspiration, diagnosis, and technical problems involved in removal. It was recognized later that details of bronchial foreign-body cases afforded much valuable data concerning development, duration, and consequences of pathologic changes in the distal parenchyma.

In cases of bronchial foreign body, the approximate time of aspiration and exact time of removal are known so that any changes in distal parenchyma may be followed by precise observations, which I wish to demonstrate in this paper.

Data pertaining to 100 patients with bronchial foreign body treated in the Department of Bronchology and Otolaryngology of the Medical University of Budapest are presented in Table 1.

Before going into details, attention will be called to a few points.

Seventy-five per cent of my patients were children under 6 years of age, and naturally in this age group,