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The Asymptomatic Period in Retained Foreign Bodies of the Bronchus

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(3):282-283. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050284009.
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The patient who comes to the doctor in acute distress due to a foreign body recently aspirated into a bronchus is familiar to us all. With the concepts of diagnosis and of bronchoscopy which were laid down many years ago, there is little trouble in bringing relief to these patients.

In review of our last 15 cases of foreign body in the bronchus, however, 5 were found to be referred not as acute cases but as cases of some duration. The duration of these retained foreign bodies varied from three days to five months. Because of what seemed to be a high incidence of delay in definitive care of these children, we should like to review these cases and some of their salient features.1-5

Report of Cases  Case 1.—A 3½-year-old girl, three weeks prior to entrance, had choked while eating peanuts, turned blue, and had stridor for a short


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