Flexible Bronchoscopy as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Method in Patients with Tracheobronchial Foreign Body

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Abstract

Objective: To analyze bronchoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic method in patients with tracheobronchial foreign body. Methods: We analyzed reports of flexible bronchoscopy with diagnose of tracheobronchial foreign body performed from 2003 to 2013 in São Salvador Hospital, in Goiania, capital of Goiás. The analysis was based on: sex and age of the patients, airways and foreign body characteristics, foreign body localization, success rate and rate of bleeding. We calculated the frequencies after analyzing the data. Results: We analyzed 26 reports of the studied period and found that 57.7% of the patients were male with median age of 58.83 years old (+—13.79). The airways characteristics were normal in most of the cases. Sputum wasn’t found in 57.69% of the cases. Foreign bodies were located in right bronchus in 88.46% of the cases, and the extraction of them was successful in 80.76% of the cases. The absence of bleeding was reported in 96.15% of the cases. Conclusions: Flexible bronchoscopy is a notably successful method in management of tracheobronchial foreign bodies. Airways characteristics aren’t good indicatives of FB’s presence, once they are normal in most of the times.

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Rabahi, M. , Paiva, L. , Castro, M. and Neto, O. (2014) Flexible Bronchoscopy as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Method in Patients with Tracheobronchial Foreign Body. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5, 704-710. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2014.512096.

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