Brief Report: PDF OnlyRemoval of Tracheobronchial Foreign Bodies via Fresh Tracheostomy Under Bronchoscopic ControlInci, Ilhan M.D.; Özçelik, Cemal M.D.; Ülkü, Refik M.D.; Eren, Nesimi M.D.; Özgen, Gökalp M.D. Author Information Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Dicle University School of Medicine, Diyarbakyr, Turkey. Journal of Bronchology: January 1999 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 32-34 Free Abstract Despite many advances in instrumentation and anesthetic techniques, tracheobronchial foreign bodies continue to challenge even the most experienced endoscopists. In our clinic, during a period of approximately 11 years, 980 children 15 years of age or younger underwent bronchoscopy for suspected airway foreign body aspiration. Tracheostomy over ventilating bronchoscope as an open surgical procedure to facilitate removal of a foreign body was performed in 5 of these patients. The foreign bodies removed were as follows: molar tooth, plastic pen head (2), bead, and hazelnut shell. The large tracheobronchial foreign bodies can be easily removed via tracheostomy under bronchoscopic control; this combined approach may decrease the morbidity and mortality related to removal of large tracheobronchial foreign bodies. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.