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Bronchial Stenosis Following Ferrous Sulfate Aspiration: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Venci, Nicholas M. MD*; Watson, Thomas J. MD; Kallay, Michael C. MD

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: January 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 58–60
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000006
Case Reports

Aspiration of ferrous sulfate tablets is a rare and potentially serious condition that can lead to permanent airway stenosis. Diagnosis may be difficult, as presentation often includes nonspecific symptoms. Disease progression and treatment courses have been detailed in a limited number of publications. Herein, we report a case of severe bronchial stenosis that developed following aspiration of a ferrous sulfate tablet. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported attempt of laser fulguration to correct ferrous sulfate–induced bronchial stenosis.

*Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center

Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

Reprints: Nicholas M. Venci, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box Med, Rochester, NY 14642 (e-mail:

Received April 19, 2013

Accepted August 13, 2013

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.