Tracheobronchial and esophageal foreign bodies in the pediatric population

J Otolaryngol. 1986 Dec;15(6):355-8.


A foreign body lodged in the aerodigestive tract of a child often poses a difficult medical problem. Experience with the diagnosis and removal of these foreign bodies is presented in this retrospective review. The description by a witness of the actual ingestion frequently provided the key to diagnosis. Rigid endoscopy remains a safe technique for foreign body extraction with a low resultant morbidity and mortality. Organic matter comprises the majority of bronchial foreign bodies (70%) while coins are the predominant finding (80%) in the esophagus.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bronchi*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophagus*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis*
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Trachea*