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Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology:
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e3181f316d0
Letters to the Editor

A Key to the Large Airway!

Elsayed, Hany MD, FRCS Cth* †; Mushtaq, Roofa FRCA; Shackcloth, Michael FRCS Cth§

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Departments of *Cardiothoracic

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§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.

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Hany Elsayed, MD, FRCS Cth* †

Roofa Mushtaq, FRCA

Michael Shackcloth, FRCS Cth§

Departments of *Cardiothoracic

Anaesthetic

§Cardiothoracic Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Liverpool, UK

Department of Thoracic Surgery Ain Shams University Cairo, Egypt

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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