Airway Foreign Body Overview
Another name for Airway Foreign Body is Inhaled Foreign Body.
What is an inhaled foreign body?
A person with an inhaled foreign body has an object stuck in the air passageways of the throat or lung. Inhaled foreign bodies in adults include food, pills, or chewing gum. Children under five years old can choke on any object that is small enough to enter the airway.
What are the symptoms of an inhaled foreign body?
Symptoms of an inhaled foreign body include coughing, choking, excessive drooling, loss of voice, hoarse voice, difficulty breathing, wheezing, fever, and anxiousness.
How does the doctor treat an inhaled foreign body?
Treatment for an inhaled foreign body may include oxygen therapy and bronchoscopy, which allows a doctor to retrieve a foreign object from the upper airway or lung.
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