Extraction of dental crowns from the airway: A multidisciplinary approach

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Abstract

We describe two cases of airway foreign bodies (FB) consisting of a dental crown. The shape and composition of dental crowns complicate their extraction from the tracheobronchial tree, sometimes necessitating thoracotomy. We describe the use of a multidisciplinary approach involving rigid and flexible bronchoscopy in concert with the use of wire snares under fluoroscopic guidance for extraction of these challenging FB. These cases illustrate that this multidisciplinary approach can allow successful extraction of the difficult FB from much of the tracheobronchial tree and the avoidance of thoracotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-689
Number of pages3
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume115
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

Keywords

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Dental crown
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Foreign body
  • Snare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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