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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Dec;75(12):1481-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2011.08.014. Epub 2011 Sep 15.

The complimentary role of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy in foreign body aspiration in children.

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  • 1Department of Endoscopic Airways Surgery, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Via Giustiniani 1, Padova, Italy. cutronecesare@hotmail.com



To review the importance and benefits of flexible bronchoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy in airway foreign body inhalation in children. Prompt diagnosis will lead to safer outcomes when both types of endoscopy are employed within the operating room setting.


Retrospective review of all cases of foreign body inhalation seen and treated in our Department between July 1986 and December 2010.


Three-hundred and ten children were admitted to our Department from Pediatric Emergency Room for a suspected foreign body inhalation. All patients with suspected FB inhalation underwent bronchoscopy. Of 310 evaluations of tracheobronchial tree performed at our Department, 104 were negative, while an airway FB were observed and removed in 206 cases.


Rigid bronchoscopy under general anesthesia is an extremely accurate surgical technique to identify, localize and remove airway foreign body. In our experience, flexible bronchoscopy under total intravenous sedation and topical anesthesia is very useful in doubtful cases to absolutely exclude the presence of foreign body in upper airway tracheobronchial tree.

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