Foreign body inhalation (FBI) is an uncommon clinical entity in adults. Despite this, FBI is an under-recognized, serious, and easily treatable condition. The authors report a case of a 31-year-old female asthmatic who presented with wheeze and cough not responding to therapy. Chest computed tomography and bronchoscopy confirmed a foreign body distal to the left upper lobe vestibule. The non-organic material was removed with rigid bronchoscopy and cryoprobe with resolution of symptoms. FBI remains an important differential in those presenting with respiratory symptoms in the absence of other diagnoses.
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- Clinical respiratory medicine
- radiology and other imaging