Warren L. Whitlock, MD; Christopher R. Brown, MD; Michael B. Young, MD
To the Editors: We disagree with Drs. Limper and Prakash (1) that rigid bronchoscopy is the instrument of choice in extracting tracheobronchial foreign bodies. Of their 60 patients, only 23 had had fiberoptic bronchoscopy for foreign body removal over 19 years, resulting in 1.2 cases per year. The position paper by the American Thoracic Society lists removal of foreign bodies as the second therapeutic use for fiberoptic bronchoscopy (2). Although adults do not commonly aspirate foreign bodies, we have successfully diagnosed and treated three adults in the last 2 years with fiberoptic bronchoscopy.
We agree with the authors' grouping of
Whitlock WL, Brown CR, Young MB. Tracheobronchial Foreign Bodies. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:482–483. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-6-482_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(6):482-483.
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