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Foreign Body in the Bronchus

Bronchial Foreign Body


Presentation

  • BACKGROUND: Our objective was to assess types, presentation, duration of symptoms and usefulness of rigid bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of bronchial foreign body (FB) in children.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • RESULTS: The most common age of presentation was 1 to 3 years, within 48 hours from aspiration.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • A rare case of pneumomediastinum with subcutaneous emphysema complicating a bronchial foreign body is presented. The possible mechanisms are discussed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The patients can present in variable forms but clinical suspicion and management for such cases is an art itself. We report a case of an unusual foreign body in a child of 1 year showing migratory movements from one main bronchus to other.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Case Presentation A 78 years old lady presented to the emergency room with a three-month history of dry cough.[austinpublishinggroup.com]
Fever
  • The advent of flexible endoscopy revolutionized the care of these patients. 6 Recent studies have postulated flexible bronchoscopy has higher success rate than rigid bronchoscopy. 7 The common symptoms of FB aspirations are cough, fever, hemoptysis and[apicareonline.com]
  • He had no history of fever, no cold and no history of vomiting or choking. Bowel and bladder habits were normal. He had no significant past medical history. The patient had normal birth history, normal growth, and immunization was up to date.[f1000research.com]
  • Symptoms may include persistent wheeze, cough, fever or dyspnoea not otherwise explained. Recurrent or persistent pneumonia may be the presenting feature. The child may be asymptomatic after the initial event.[rch.org.au]
  • […] sedative use Presentation Symptoms severe obstruction may present with respiratory distress aphonia cyanosis loss of consciousness and death in quick succession partial, long-term obstruction may present with less severe respiratory symptoms dysphagia fever[medbullets.com]
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Cough
  • Case Presentation A 78 years old lady presented to the emergency room with a three-month history of dry cough.[austinpublishinggroup.com]
  • A total of 87% of patients had a definite history of aspiration, with cough (69.5%), and unilateral decreased air entry (91.3%) being the most common symptom and clinical sign, respectively.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Cough was the most common presenting symptom in 131 (75.72%) cases. The most common finding in chest X-ray was consolidation-collapse lung or emphysematous lung in 83 (47.97%) cases followed by the flattening of the diaphragm in 17 (9.83%) cases.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Case presentation A one year boy with a history of cough and noisy breathing for 2 days was brought to Renmin Hospital with a sudden onset of difficulty in breathing and severe cough for 5 hours.[f1000research.com]
  • Chevalier Jackson explained the stages of a foreign body: At first, during the initial coughing fit, there is usually a by-pass valve (air moves freely around the foreign body). After a small amount of swelling occurs, there is a check-valve.[dontchoke.ubc.ca]
Stridor
  • His lung sounds showed mild wheezing with possible mild inspiratory stridor. An albuterol aerosol was administered but no improvement was noted. A chest radiograph was ordered.[dontforgetthebubbles.com]
  • (especially nuts), teeth, dental devices and medical instruments Some nuts, such as peanuts, have an oil that leads to inflammation and edema making them more difficult to expel Clinical Findings Many go undiscovered delaying diagnosis Cough Wheeze Stridor[learningradiology.com]
  • Post op stridor 2. Bronchospasm 3. Hypoxia 4. Transient arrhythmias 5. Bradycardia[sites.google.com]
  • LARYNGEAL FOREIGN BODY SYMPTOMS  Croup(laryngotracheobronchitis)  Stridor(abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound)  Cough  Hoarseness  Dyspnoea  Odynophagia(painful swallowing)  Aphonia 14.[slideshare.net]
  • His lung sounds showed mild wheezing with possible mild inspiratory stridor. An albuterol aerosol was administered but no improvement was noted. A chest radiograph was ordered. View CXR. Questions: 1.[hawaii.edu]
Dyspnea
  • The first published case of endoscopic extraction occurred on 30th March 1897, when a 63-year-old German farmer experienced dyspnea, cough and hemoptysis after aspirating a pork bone (11 mm long and 3 mm wide).[archbronconeumol.org]
  • […] advent of flexible endoscopy revolutionized the care of these patients. 6 Recent studies have postulated flexible bronchoscopy has higher success rate than rigid bronchoscopy. 7 The common symptoms of FB aspirations are cough, fever, hemoptysis and dyspnea[apicareonline.com]
  • As there was history of sudden onset of difficulty in breathing, severe cough, inspiratory dyspnea and decrease air entry on the right lung, we planned for a CT scan of the chest.[f1000research.com]
  • Children may otherwise present with cough, dyspnea, or irritability 2,6. Most (70-90%) foreign bodies are organic, most commonly seeds and nuts. Inorganic foreign bodies vary dramatically and can include teeth, coins, pins, pens/crayons, etc.[radiopaedia.org]
  • Other common signs are cyanosis, choking, and dyspnea. However, delays in presentation for care are common, and concern about aspiration as a cause of the child’s symptoms may diminish as the primary event becomes more distant.[dontforgetthebubbles.com]
Hemoptysis
  • The advent of flexible endoscopy revolutionized the care of these patients. 6 Recent studies have postulated flexible bronchoscopy has higher success rate than rigid bronchoscopy. 7 The common symptoms of FB aspirations are cough, fever, hemoptysis and[apicareonline.com]
  • FBA may be in place for months before being diagnosed, and can produce complications like infections (pneumonia and abscess), chronic coughing, hemoptysis, bronchial stenosis and atelectasis.[radiopaedia.org]
  • […] use Presentation Symptoms severe obstruction may present with respiratory distress aphonia cyanosis loss of consciousness and death in quick succession partial, long-term obstruction may present with less severe respiratory symptoms dysphagia fever hemoptysis[medbullets.com]
  • The first published case of endoscopic extraction occurred on 30th March 1897, when a 63-year-old German farmer experienced dyspnea, cough and hemoptysis after aspirating a pork bone (11 mm long and 3 mm wide).[archbronconeumol.org]
  • Persistent febrile illness Chronic cough Recurrent pneumonia Recurrent / persistent “croup” Poorly controlled “asthma” Lung abscess Hemoptysis Progressive respiratory distress Death Delayed diagnosis of an aspirated foreign body is associated with increased[pedemmorsels.com]
Rales
  • Other suggestive physical exam findings are stridor, tachypnea, retractions, rales, and fever. They are often misdiagnosed as croup, asthma, pneumonia, or bronchitis. This is a diagnostic pitfall that should be avoided.[dontforgetthebubbles.com]
  • A significant number (29 cases) had rales and 22 cases had rhonchi. Intercostal/suprasternal retraction was noted in 26 cases and stridor in 8 cases. Radiology A plain X-ray of the chest revealed obstructive emphysema in 77 cases.[jpgmonline.com]
Cyanosis
  • If the foreign body is large it may cause cyanosis and even death. The foreign body may also be coughed out. Intermediate stage: The patient is relatively symptomless. The period of this stage depends on the size and type of foreign body.[specialist-ent.com]
  • Other common signs are cyanosis, choking, and dyspnea. However, delays in presentation for care are common, and concern about aspiration as a cause of the child’s symptoms may diminish as the primary event becomes more distant.[dontforgetthebubbles.com]
  • […] nuts), teeth, dental devices and medical instruments Some nuts, such as peanuts, have an oil that leads to inflammation and edema making them more difficult to expel Clinical Findings Many go undiscovered delaying diagnosis Cough Wheeze Stridor Dyspnea Cyanosis[learningradiology.com]
  • TRACHEOBRONCHIAL TREE FOREIGN BODY  The   main symptoms are episodes of coughing, intermittent or continuous dyspnoea with cyanosis, pain, and intermittent hoarseness. 17.[slideshare.net]
  • Other common signs are cyanosis, choking, and dyspnea. However, delays in presentation for care are common, and concern about aspiration as a cause of the child's symptoms may diminish as the primary event becomes more distant.[hawaii.edu]
Neglect
  • Anesthetic management in removal of neglected tracheobronchial foreign body. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2013;29:127-8 How to cite this URL: Rangalakshmi S, Dixit N. Anesthetic management in removal of neglected tracheobronchial foreign body.[joacp.org]
Meningism
  • There was no sign of meningitis. Consequently, the patient was initially diagnosed with acute laryngitis with bronchial pneumonia.[f1000research.com]

Workup

  • Hence, further radiological workup may become necessary. Although widely recommended, inspiratory/expiratory chest films in infant and children usually do not prove very useful for technical reason.[jpma.org.pk]
Atelectasis
  • This sign is particularly helpful when chest radiography shows atelectasis or pneumonia. The specificity of this sign for foreign bodies is only 71% because other endobronchial lesions can disrupt the air column.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Clinical examination and lung ultrasound revealed an atelectasis of the left lower lobe. The etiologic assessment concluded to a bronchial foreign body.[austinpublishinggroup.com]
  • This causes lung collapse (atelectasis), then pneumonia. As Dr. Chevalier Jackson stated, “Not all that wheezes is asthma!” Did You Know?! In the European Union each year, approximately 20 children (14 years or younger) die from choking on a toy.[dontchoke.ubc.ca]
  • 80% of aspirated foreign bodies will be non-opaque on conventional radiography Hyperinflation of one lung or lobe may occur (obstructive emphysema) Lobar or segmental atelectasis Mediastinal shift Pneumomediastinum Confirmatory imaging studies If the[learningradiology.com]
  • No atelectasis or mucus plug is seen. 1 case question available Case Discussion Foreign bodies in airway (FBA) are rare in the adult, and much more common in children.[radiopaedia.org]
Pulmonary Infiltrate
  • Other indirect signs of an airway foreign body include reabsorption atelectasis beyond the site of bronchial obstruction, and the presence of pulmonary infiltrates reflecting an inflammatory reaction.[dontforgetthebubbles.com]

Treatment

  • BACKGROUND: Our objective was to assess types, presentation, duration of symptoms and usefulness of rigid bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of bronchial foreign body (FB) in children.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • On this lap of time, she did not feel any improvement despite the subscribed treatment.[austinpublishinggroup.com]
  • The greatest significance of our case is that it provides another possibility in diagnosis of endogenous foreign bodies and its treatment.[f1000research.com]
  • Delhi - 110 029, India Click here for correspondence address and email Date of Web Publication 22-Jul-2014 Abstract Background: Our objective was to assess types, presentation, duration of symptoms and usefulness of rigid bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment[afrjpaedsurg.org]
  • The goal is prompt recognition and treatment. Rigid bronchoscopy with removal of the foreign body is the treatment of choice.[clinicaladvisor.com]

Prognosis

  • Mediastinitis or tracheoesophageal fistulas Air trapping leading Obstructive emphysema Atelectasis Post-obstructive pneumonia Abscess Bronchiectasis Prognosis Prognosis is excellent if the foreign body is removed expeditiously (within 24 hours) Aspirated[learningradiology.com]
  • Park et al. mentioned that mucus impaction and plastic bronchitis are usually self-limited or responsive to medical therapy, with a good prognosis, although their patient did not respond to oral corticosteroid or intrabronchial instillation of acetylcysteine[f1000research.com]
  • Treatment and prognosis Bronchoscopy is considered the gold standard in the diagnosis of tracheobronchial tree foreign bodies 3, with the added benefit of being able to potentially retrieve the foreign body.[radiopaedia.org]
  • The prognosis after removal of the foreign body is excellent. Complete recovery within a short time frame is generally expected.[clinicaladvisor.com]

Etiology

  • The etiologic assessment concluded to a bronchial foreign body. Case Presentation A 78 years old lady presented to the emergency room with a three-month history of dry cough.[austinpublishinggroup.com]
  • ETIOLOGY Young children are susceptible because:     They lack molars for proper grinding of food. They tend to be running or playing at the time of aspiration. They tend to put objects in their mouth more frequently.[slideshare.net]

Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology Aspiration of foreign bodies by children can lead to serious illness and sometimes even death.[pedsinreview.aappublications.org]
  • Epidemiology Ages affected (typical range 1 to 4 years old) Age under 3 years old: 50% Age under 4 years old: 80% Age under 10 years old: 95% Increased Incidence at holiday time Known object aspiration in less than 40% of cases Choking deaths related[fpnotebook.com]
Sex distribution
Age distribution

Pathophysiology

  • Although the pathophysiology is not clearly understood, it is commonly seen in children with congenital heart diseases, cardiac and pericardial diseases in adults and in patients with chronic asthma 6.[f1000research.com]
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY  Food items are aspirated most commonly;  Peanuts are the most frequently aspirated food  After foreign body aspiration occurs, the foreign body can settle into 3 anatomic sites, the larynx, trachea, or bronchus. 5.[slideshare.net]
  • What is the pathophysiological significance of the size of the aspirated object? Answer and interpretation Large objects tend to lodge in the upper airway and trachea (about 20% of airway foreign bodies).[lifeinthefastlane.com]

Prevention

  • […] around it and difficulty to catch its slipping edges. using the tunnel inside the beads to insert a Fogarty catheter then inflate the balloon and gentle withdrawal of the bronchoscopy system as one unit is an alternative apporach for this difficult FB to prevent[ctsnet.org]
  • Early diagnosis and removal are imperative to prevent mortality as well as complications. A 45 year old heroine (diamorphine) addict was brought to the emergency department in a gasping state, with a history of substance abuse.[apicareonline.com]
  • Normally the larynx prevents any solids or liquids from getting into the airways. Once that happens it doesn’t matter which main bronchus they enter, it is the same problem.[askjohnmackay.com]
  • Prevention No child less than 15 months old should be offered foods such as popcorn, hard lollies, raw carrot or apples. Children under the age of 4 years should not be offered peanuts.[rch.org.au]

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