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Scarf pin aspirations that required thoracotomy and pulmonary resection

Author(s): Yunsur CEVIK | Murat DAS | Asliddin AHMEDALI | Erkan BALKAN | Ferhat ICME

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 82;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Emergency department | thoracotomy | scarf pin | foreign body aspiration.

Tracheobronchial foreign body aspiration occurs most frequently in childhood followed by the geriatric population. Foreign body aspiration is rare in young adults, however in recent years tracheobronchial scarf pin aspirations are reported frequently in young adults as scarf becomes more popular in our country. Aspirated pins are generally removed by bronchoscopy but there is limited number of cases that thoracotomy was performed after the aspiration. We aimed to present a twenty-seven year old female patient who was admitted to our emergency department after aspiration of a scarf pin and underwent thoracotomy and inferior lobe resection after an unsuccessful bronchoscopy attempt.
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