Live fish in the endobronchial tree

J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2015 Apr;22(2):175-7. doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000164.


Aspiration of a live fish is a very uncommon occurrence. We report a case of a 12-year-old boy from rural India who, while fishing, accidentally choked on a live fish, resulting in its lodgement in the left main stem bronchus. We present a brief overview of literature, emphasizing on symptoms, recognition, and management, in an attempt to increase awareness among physicians of this rare entity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bronchi / surgery*
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Child
  • Fishes*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Respiratory Aspiration