The blue baby: An infant presenting with severe respiratory distress

Jane Soung, Sriram Ramgopal, Brett McAninch

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Although the classic triad of foreign body aspiration includes choking, asymmetrical breath sounds, and wheezing, this is not seen in all patients. Two-view radiographs including anteroposterior chest and lateral neck/chest views are the best first-line test. However, radiographs can be normal in 30%to 50%of airway foreign bodies. Bronchoscopy is the definitive treatment for airway foreign bodies and should be performed if index of suspicion is high, even if imaging is negative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E35-E38
JournalPediatrics in review
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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