Hidden foreign body in an unexplained asthma

Authors

  • WZA Rusydi Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • A Asma Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • BS Goh Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v18i2.12017

Keywords:

Foreign body, bronchus, asthma, bronchoscopy

Abstract

Foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a common condition with potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality. In children, highest incidence is within the first 3 years of life. Without witnessed aspiration or acute symptoms such as choking, coughing or respiratory distress, it may go unnoticed as clinical presentation and radiological investigations generally have low diagnostic value. Delay in diagnosis increases the risk of developing severe complications. Unexplained recurring or persistent lung pathologies in this age group should raise suspicion of FBA, and early bronchoscopy is warranted for confirmation of diagnosis. We report a case of FBA in a 2-year-old boy whom had been symptomatic for 3 months and was treated as bronchial asthma prior to diagnosis of foreign body in the left bronchus.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v18i2.12017

Bangladesh J Otorhinolaryngol 2012; 18(2): 200-202

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Published

2012-11-24

How to Cite

Rusydi, W., Asma, A., & Goh, B. (2012). Hidden foreign body in an unexplained asthma. Bangladesh Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 18(2), 200–202. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v18i2.12017

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Case Reports