Positive pressure bronchoscopy technique: Case report

Michael B. Hall*, Douglas R. Johnston, Patrick Barth

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Objective: Foreign body aspiration into the tracheobronchial tree continues to be a challenging problem for otolaryngologists. This is especially true in patients with poor pulmonary reserve. Methods: We describe a novel technique in which an endotracheal sheathed bronchoscope is used as a means to provide positive pressure ventilation simultaneously during foreign body extraction. Results: This new technique afforded the bronchoscopist more time during retrieval of the foreign body where previous attempts were limited by rapid desaturations and the overall nature of the foreign body. Conclusion: The endotracheal sheathed bronchoscope is a safe and efficacious technique for challenging airway foreign bodies complicated by a patient's limited pulmonary reserve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • airway foreign body
  • bronchoscopy
  • pediatric otolaryngology
  • positive pressure bronchoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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