Method for Removing Endobronchial Beads

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Abstract

The development of rigid bronchoscopes, Hopkins rod telescopes, and optical forceps has increased the efficacy and safety of removing endobronchial foreign bodies. These instruments have become the method of choice for managing the majority of foreign bodies. Spherical foreign bodies, such as beads, remain difficult to manage. Securing the foreign body by passing a Fogarty catheter through the lumen, inflating the balloon, and trapping the foreign body between the balloon and the bronchoscope allows controlled removal.

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