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Vol 88, No 3 (2020)
CLINICAL VIGNETTES
Published online: 2020-07-18
Submitted: 2020-01-09
Accepted: 2020-03-18
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Antidiarrheal pill in the airway

Viswesvaran Balasubramanian, Hari Kishan Gonuguntla, Nitesh Gupta
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.2020.0114
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Pubmed: 32706111
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Adv Respir Med 2020;88(3):278-279.

open access

Vol 88, No 3 (2020)
CLINICAL VIGNETTES
Published online: 2020-07-18
Submitted: 2020-01-09
Accepted: 2020-03-18

Abstract

Pill aspiration depicts an unusual type of foreign body aspiration necessitating a discrete diagnostic and therapeutic approach.1 Some pills may remain intact in the endobronchial tree for many years without causing much harm, whereas others may dissolve2 The clinical outcomes may also vary, from an asymptomatic granuloma to severe, life-threatening airway complications, depending upon the chemical properties of the pill. We report a compelling case of pill aspiration in a healthy patient. 

Abstract

Pill aspiration depicts an unusual type of foreign body aspiration necessitating a discrete diagnostic and therapeutic approach.1 Some pills may remain intact in the endobronchial tree for many years without causing much harm, whereas others may dissolve2 The clinical outcomes may also vary, from an asymptomatic granuloma to severe, life-threatening airway complications, depending upon the chemical properties of the pill. We report a compelling case of pill aspiration in a healthy patient. 

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Keywords

foreign body; cryobiopsy

About this article
Title

Antidiarrheal pill in the airway

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 88, No 3 (2020)

Pages

278-279

Published online

2020-07-18

DOI

10.5603/ARM.2020.0114

Pubmed

32706111

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2020;88(3):278-279.

Keywords

foreign body
cryobiopsy

Authors

Viswesvaran Balasubramanian
Hari Kishan Gonuguntla
Nitesh Gupta

References (5)
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  5. Fruchter O, Kramer MR. Retrieval of various aspirated foreign bodies by flexible cryoprobe: in vitro feasibility study. Clin Respir J. 2015; 9(2): 176–179.

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