Foreign Body Aspiration

Foreign Body aspiration occurs when an object is accidentally inhaled into a person’s airways. This usually results in an obstruction of a specific area of the respiratory tract, such as the larynx, the trachea, or the bronchi. Children under the age of three are most likely to experience a foreign body aspiration, although it can happen at any age

Foreign body aspiration can be a life-threatening emergency. An aspirated solid or semisolid object may lodge in the larynx or trachea.
  • Symptoms
  • Cough with mucus or without mucus

    • With bloody mucus

    • Lasting 3 weeks or less

    common

    Noise while breathing

    common

    Excessive saliva flowing

    common

    Abnormally rapid breathing

    common

    Difficulty breathing

    • Rapidly developing

    Whistling breathing

    Bluish discoloration of the skin

  • Risk factors
  • Alcohol consumption

    or Drug or substance abuse

    Neurogenic or psychiatric conditions

  • Treatment
  • Bronchoscopy is the standard method for the removal of an aspirated foreign body. An anesthesiologist puts the child into a deep sleep and then topical lidocaine spray is used to further anesthetize the child's larynx.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Foreign Body Aspiration, then a visit to an ENT specialist is highly recommended.

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