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A Distal Airway Foreign Body Removed With Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy

Karpman, Craig MD; Midthun, David E. MD; Mullon, John J. MD

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: April 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 2 - p 170–172
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000049
Brief Reports

Distal airway foreign bodies can be challenging to remove with a flexible bronchoscope because of angulation or deep impaction. Thoracic surgery may be required if bronchoscopy is not successful. The use of electromagnetic navigation for pulmonary nodule localization and characterization is well established; however, its use to localize and remove distal foreign bodies has not been described. We report the initial case of electromagnetic navigation-assisted foreign body removal.

Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

This report has been previously presented during the 2012 American Thoracic Society meeting.

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

Reprints: Craig Karpman, MD, Gonda Building, 100 Third Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail:

Received May 14, 2013

Accepted January 30, 2014

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.