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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-113

Difficult retrieval of a bronchial foreign body in a patient with maxillofacial trauma

Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

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Dr. Deepak Chakravarthy
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DOI: 10.4103/arwy.arwy_17_21

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Maxillofacial trauma is often associated with avulsion of the tooth and an attendant risk of aspiration of the tooth. Delay in diagnosis and intervention can pose a serious threat to life if the central airway is obstructed. Bronchoscopy-guided retrieval of the aspirated tooth in patients with maxillofacial trauma poses a significant challenge to anaesthesiologists in maintaining the airway without compromising oxygenation and ventilation. We report a case of delayed yet difficult bronchoscopic retrieval of a tooth in the right bronchus in a patient with maxillofacial trauma.

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