Case Reports in Medicine
Article ID 317104
Aspiration of a foreign body into the tracheobronchial tree is rare in adults. In the majority of these cases there is an underlying condition such as mental retardation, depressed mental status, impairment in the swallowing reflex, neurological impairment, alcohol or sedative abuse, or complications from dental manipulations that contributed to the aspiration. These patients are commonly misdiagnosed with asthma and typically do not respond to mainstay anti-inflammatory and/or bronchodilator therapy. We describe the case of a patient with a foreign body aspiration in the upper trachea not recognized by radiographic studies that presented with asthma-type symptoms.
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Kam, J.C., Doraiswamy, V., Dieguez, J.F., Dabu, J., Cholankeril, M., Govind, M., Miller, R., Adelman, M. (2013). Foreign body aspiration presenting with asthma-like symptoms. Case Reports in Medicine: 317104.