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Foreign body aspiration complicated by bronchiectasis

Case contributed by Dr Arthur Daire


Previous well and sudden onset of cough 5 months prior. During the preceding 5 months, she has been treated for recurrent pneumonia and asthma. Recent chest radiograph (not shown) demonstrated left lower lobe bronchiectasis.

Patient Data

Age: 1 year 10 months
Gender: Female

There is an opacity lodged in the left main bronchus, just above the left upper lobe bronchus. There is associated left lower lobe bronchiectasis.

Case Discussion

This patient underwent bronchoscopy and three bean seeds were removed. Bronchiectasis is a known complication of  prolonged foreign body retention.

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