Exertional Breathlessness and Obstructive Emphysema in a 52-year-old Woman

Gowrinath, K and Manu, Mohan K and Kamath, Ganesh S (2008) Exertional Breathlessness and Obstructive Emphysema in a 52-year-old Woman. Pulmon, 10 (1). pp. 16-18.

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In adults with out any predisposing factors, aspiration of inorganic product like tablet is rarely reported. We report a rare case of obstructive emphysema and partial collapse of lower lobe of lung due to bronchial foreign body (paracetamol plus ibuprofen) and their reversal after its removal in a previously healthy 52—year-old female. Computed Tomography of chest appears to be useful for assessing the extent of reversal of changes after removal of bronchial foreign body. Key message: Detection of foreign body aspiration is best done through bronchoscopic examination. Findings in computed tomography of chest in a case of foreign body aspiration include obstructive emphysema and collapse. CT of chest may be a better option than bronchoscopy to document the state of lung after bronchial foreign body removal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obstructive emphysema; Foreign body; Computed Tomography of Chest
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pulmonary Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2014 04:56
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2014 04:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138171

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