Tracheal foreign body

Case contributed by Rania Adel Anan
Diagnosis certain


Suspected foreign body aspiration with chronic cough for 4 months.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years
Gender: Male

A linear structure is seen transversely located within the trachea, about 1 cm above the carina. 

There are associated signs of right sided pulmonary infection in the form of multiple centrilobular micro-nodules with non evident tree-en-bud opacities and surrounding ground glass haziness . These changes are highly suggestive of small air way disease (mostly bronchiolitis).

Annotated images

Green arrows refer to the tracheal foreign body seen about 1 cm above the carina.

Case Discussion

Tracheoscope was done and the tracheal linear structure was found to be a pumpkin seed which was aspirated and neglected for 4 months.

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