Pulmonary aspiration of a metal casting: report of case

J Am Dent Assoc. 1988 Oct;117(5):587-8. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.1988.0050.


The danger of ingestion or aspiration of a foreign body by a patient during dental treatment is always present. This article discusses prevention and management of this event. A case is presented in which aspiration of a dental casting into the tracheobronchial tree was not accompanied by symptoms suggestive of aspiration. The patient had minimal symptoms; after radiographic localization the object was removed by fiberoptic bronchoscopy with little discomfort to the patient. The absence of symptoms suggestive of aspiration does not exclude this possibility.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Crowns / adverse effects*
  • Foreign Bodies / etiology*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Lung*
  • Male