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Elsayed, Hany MD, FRCS Cth* †; Mushtaq, Roofa FRCA‡; Shackcloth, Michael FRCS Cth§
Departments of *Cardiothoracic
§Cardiothoracic Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Liverpool, UK
†Department of Thoracic Surgery Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt
To the Editor:
Heavy consumption of alcohol can always be hazardous and is a known risk factor for foreign body aspiration. We report here an unrecorded complication of alcohol of a whole key aspirated by a drunken patient after his friend put it in his beer.
A 25-year-old man presented to the emergency department with an attack of mild hemoptysis. A chest x-ray (Fig. 1) showed an unusual finding of a whole key in his right main bronchus. His friend accompanying him admitted putting the key in his beer when the patient was drunk in the pub 3 days earlier as a joke! A rigid bronchoscopy was performed and the key was found to lie in the right main bronchus (Fig. 2) and was uneventfully extracted.
Hany Elsayed, MD, FRCS Cth* †
Roofa Mushtaq, FRCA‡
Michael Shackcloth, FRCS Cth§
© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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