Fogarty Catheters-An Important Asset in Rounded Airway Foreign Bodies-A Case Report
Nitya Subramanian, Shweta Gogia and Alok Agarwal
Journal Title:Acta Scientific Otolaryngology
Foreign bodies of the airway present a life threatening situation especially in small children. The gold standard procedure for extraction of tracheo-bronchial foreign bodies has been rigid bronchoscopy. Certain foreign bodies with round and smooth surface pose a significant challenge to the bronchoscopist as these objects are tough to retrieve using conventional grasping forceps available. We present the case report of an 8 year old boy who aspirated a round plastic cylindrical bead lodged in the right main stem bronchus. Following unsuccessful attempts at removal by available instruments, the foreign body was removed safely using Fogarty balloon catheter with minimal trauma. We conclude that Fogarty catheters are an important and suitable alternative for removal of rounded foreign bodies in the airway. These catheters should be considered as an important part and asset of the armamentarium
of a practicing bronchoscopist.