Tracheobronchial foreign bodies

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2000 Feb;33(1):179-85. doi: 10.1016/s0030-6665(05)70214-0.


Aspirated and ingested foreign bodies continue to present challenges to otolaryngologists. The major issues involve the accurate diagnosis and speedy, safe retrieval of the foreign body. The accurate diagnosis may allude physicians because often the initial choking incidents are not witnessed and the delayed residual symptoms may mimic other common conditions. The retrieval of foreign bodies has been facilitated by technical improvements with the rod lens telescope, video endoscopy, a broad range of a variety of sized forceps, and safer anesthesia. This article reviews the clinical presentation, diagnostic work-up, and appropriate management of foreign bodies in the aerodigestive tract.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bronchi*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Radiography
  • Trachea*