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February 1967

Watermelon Seed in the Tracheobronchial Tree in Iran

Author Affiliations

Shiraz, Iran
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Pahlavi University Medical School and the Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz, Iran.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(2):214-215. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040216016

AT ALL SEASONS in Iran, it is common practice for adults and children to crack roasted watermelon seeds in the teeth in order to expel the tasty kernel. This custom is responsible for a constantly recurring problem of inhaled foreign bodies in the tracheobronchial tree.

Clinically it is not unusual for children to be under treatment for weeks or even months, diagnosed as having chronic lung disease, when in fact the cause of the symptoms and signs is the presence of one or more watermelon seeds in the bronchial tree or in the lung itself.

During the past four years, from July 1961 to July 1965, 96 children with watermelon seed in the lungs have been seen in our clinic. This accounted for 87% of the foreign bodies seen in the air or food passages or both.

Report of Cases  Age.—The ages ranged from 10 months to 7 years

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