Snail shell bronchial aspiration
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Gonzalez-Nieto J, Snail shell bronchial aspiration. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 26 Mar 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-82716
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5 Oct 2020
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Dyspnea, cough and wheezing while eating snails.
Age: 65 years
From the case: Snail shell bronchial aspiration
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A foreign body (snail shell) is located in the left main bronchus just proximal to its bifurcation into the upper and lower lobar bronchus. There is no obstructive atelectasis.
In Spain, it is common to eat snails by inhaling the snail with the mouth while holding the shell with the fingers. In this case, due to the carelessness of the patient, the aspiration included the shell of the snail with an unexpected destination, the bronchial tree.