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Pill Aspiration Presenting as an Endobronchial Tumor

Jawad, Ahmed MD*; Majid, Adnan MD*; Maskey, Ashish MD*; VanderLaan, Paul MD, PhD; Ibrahim, Omar M. MD*; Folch, Erik MD, MSc*

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: April 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 2 - p 162–165
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0000000000000055
Case Reports

Tracheobronchial foreign body aspiration is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The incidence of foreign body aspiration decreases significantly with increasing age, resulting in atypical presentations in adults. A high index of suspicion is required in adults presenting with respiratory symptoms. We present a rare case of a foreign body (pill) aspiration in an elderly female mimicking an obstructing endobronchial lesion.

Divisions of *Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonary

Anatomic Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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

Reprints: Erik Folch, MD, MSc, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonary, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 185 Pilgrim Street, Deac 201, Boston, MA 02215 (e-mail:

Received May 16, 2013

Accepted February 12, 2014

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.