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Prim Care Respir J. 2007 Dec;16(6):384-6.

Initial temporary misdiagnosis of bronchiectasis following pumpkin seed aspiration.

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Harran University Medical Faculty, Sanliurfa, Turkey.


Undiagnosed and retained foreign bodies may result in serious complications such as pneumonia, atelectasis, or bronchiectasis. In this report, the authors present a rare case of temporary bronchiectasis of the left lung due to a long-standing retained foreign body in a child. Interestingly, the whole left lung was affected due to the check valve type of obstruction of the main bronchus. Unexpected, unilateral findings on a chest x-ray or a CT scan could be related to an inhaled foreign body, and any delay in making the diagnosis may result in serious complications.

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