Foreign body aspiration is a leading cause of death in children 1–3 years old, although mortality is low for children who reach the hospital.
Presenting symptoms of an inhaled foreign body depends on time since aspiration. Immediately after inhalation the child starts to cough, wheeze, or have laboured breathing.
A plain chest X-ray has relatively low sensitivity and specificity for inhaled foreign body.
The gold standard for managing foreign body aspiration is removal via rigid open tube bronchoscopy.
And what about anesthesia and ventilation?
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Source:PATRICK T. FARRELL Rigid bronchoscopy for foreign body removal:
anaesthesia and ventilation. Pediatric Anesthesia 2004 14: 84–89 https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1460-9592.2003.01194.x