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December 1982

Foreign-Body Aspiration: Potential Misdiagnosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Section of Otolaryngology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(12):806-807. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790600050012

• Clandestine aspiration of foreign bodies lodged high in the tracheal airway can mimic subglottic croup. Although this relationship is emphasized in textbooks of otolaryngology, documentation in the recent literature is lacking. This report underscores our awareness of a potentially lethal diagnosis masquerading as a more benign viral infection of the laryngotracheal airway.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:806-807)