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Case Reports
July 1929

A TRACHEAL FOREIGN BODY SIMULATING DIPHTHERIA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Service of Bellevue Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930070107012
Abstract

I am reporting this case of foreign body in the trachea to point out the importance of accurate and careful history-taking in children in whom laryngeal symptoms suddenly develop and persist in spite of ordinary methods of treatment. I am reporting it also to show the value of more than one laryngoscopic examination in those cases in which a diagnosis of laryngeal diphtheria might be doubtful, especially with a history of circumstances under which a foreign body might have been aspirated.

REPORT OF CASE  On Nov. 1, 1923, M. F. R., a girl, aged 4 years, developed a cold, with sneezing, running eyes and cough. Her appetite was good, however, and at supper she was given the "bone of a potroasted lamb." While eating the meat from the bone she suddenly screamed, began to choke and then lost speech completely. She was immediately taken to a physician's office, where the

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