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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

Print version ISSN 0138-6557On-line version ISSN 1561-3046


REYES HERNANDEZ, Damaris. The Beach Snail: A Rare Case of Endobronchial Foreign Body. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2016, vol.45, n.4, pp.1-8. ISSN 0138-6557.

Endobronchial foreign bodies constitute a rare clinical entity in adult patients unlike the pediatric age, the group of <3 years constitute 75% of the cases. The clinical presentation in adults depends on the place of accommodation of the foreign body. The classic triad of cough, dyspnea and cyanosis only occurs in a small percentage of patients. The larval clinic makes them go unnoticed, with long periods of latency. This is a 41-year-old male patient who went to the medical service for having cough and dyspnea that starts suddenly after taking a sip of rum that caused him to feel choked. Imaging studies showed the presence of endobronchial foreign body. Immediate attempts to extract it were performed by bronchoscopy. Other uncommon procedures were necessary to carry out to obtain its definitive extraction. This case is presented due to its unusual presentation in adults, the type of foreign body (beach snail) which is not described in the medical literature and the difficulties in its extraction.

Keywords : strange body; snail; lung; Pneumology.

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