Adult airway foreign body removal. What's new?

Clin Chest Med. 2001 Jun;22(2):319-30. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70046-0.


Signs and symptoms of adult FB aspiration are most often nonspecific. Misdiagnosis and delay in diagnosis frequently occur. Radiographic evaluation is helpful, but flexible bronchoscopy is the gold standard in the identification and localization of an airway foreign body. With increasing experience and development of better accessories, removal using a flexible bronchoscope under local anesthesia can be performed safely and successfully. Review of large series of FB removal indicates a success rate of 86% in more than 400 procedures with flexible bronchoscopy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bronchi*
  • Bronchoscopes*
  • Foreign Bodies*
  • Humans