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Tracheobronchial foreign body in an extremely preterm infant complicated with pulmonary hemorrhage


Tracheobronchial foreign bodies in preterm neonates are extremely rare. They are usually iatrogenic and associated with dislodgement of medical devices. The narrow airways of neonates pose a challenge in removal of foreign bodies. The obstructing object or attempt of removal in itself may cause significant morbidity or mortality. We report a rare case of pulmonary hemorrhage secondary to a tracheobronchial foreign body in an extremely preterm infant and its successful removal. Literature reviews show atelectasis, pneumonia, and respiratory distress being the most common complications from a tracheobronchial foreign body. Removal of tracheobronchial foreign bodies in the narrow airways of neonates can be a grueling task with multiple risks. A high index of suspicion is needed for early detection of foreign body in the airways to avoid morbid complications.


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Correspondence to Jasmine P. Y. Kho MD.

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Kho, J.P.Y., Wong, A.C., Teo, S.C. et al. Tracheobronchial foreign body in an extremely preterm infant complicated with pulmonary hemorrhage. Egypt J Otolaryngol 35, 227–229 (2019).

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  • closed suction catheter
  • foreign body
  • neonate
  • premature infant
  • pulmonary hemorrhage