Potassium chloride tablet in trachea
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Gaillard F, Potassium chloride tablet in trachea. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 30 May 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-2658
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7 May 2008
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Sudden onset of respiratory distress, in a patient admitted for lower limb fractures treated a number of days previously with internal fixation.
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Coronal C+ CTPA
CTPA demonstrates a tablet lying dependently in the patient's trachea, with changes of aspiration in both lower lobes (not shown). A second tablet was visible in the stomach. The tablet was removed via a bronchoscope and confirmed to be a Slow K (potassium).
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This case illustrates one of many exceptions to Occam's razor, which would predict this patient would have a pulmonary embolus. Oh well.. back to the drawing board Occam.