Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Case Report Volume 3 Issue 10

Fogarty Catheters-An Important Asset in Rounded Airway Foreign Bodies-A Case Report

Nitya Subramanian*, Shweta Gogia and Alok Agarwal

Department of ENT, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author: Nitya Subramanian, Department of ENT, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.

Received: August 10, 2021; Published: August 21, 2021


  Foreign bodies of the airway present a life threatening situation especially in small children. The gold standard procedure for extraction of tracheo-bronchial foreign bodies has been rigid bronchoscopy. Certain foreign bodies with round and smooth surface pose a significant challenge to the bronchoscopist as these objects are tough to retrieve using conventional grasping forceps available. We present the case report of an 8 year old boy who aspirated a round plastic cylindrical bead lodged in the right main stem bronchus. Following unsuccessful attempts at removal by available instruments, the foreign body was removed safely using Fogarty balloon catheter with minimal trauma. We conclude that Fogarty catheters are an important and suitable alternative for removal of rounded foreign bodies in the airway. These catheters should be considered as an important part and asset of the armamentarium of a practicing bronchoscopist.

Keywords: Airway Foreign Body; Fogarty Catheters; Rigid Bronchoscopy; Pediatric Population


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Citation: Nitya Subramanian., et al. “Fogarty Catheters-An Important Asset in Rounded Airway Foreign Bodies-A Case Report".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 3.10 (2020): 53-55.


Copyright: © 2020 Nitya Subramanian., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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