An Unusual Case of Foreign Body Aspiration in 6-year-old Boy

  • Svitlana Ilchenko SI "Dnepropetrovsk medical academy of health Ministry of Ukraine", Department of propaedeutic of pediatric diseases, Dnipro, Ukraine
  • Anastasiia Fialkovska The Department of Propaedeutic of Pediatric Diseases, SI "Dnipropetrovsk Medical Academy of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine".
  • Serhii Shchudro Dnipro's regional children's clinical hospital, Dnipro, Ukraine
Keywords: Foreign bodies aspiration, Children


Foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a common cause of mortality and morbidity in children. FBA is not always immediately diagnosed, partly because this diagnosis is not frequently in mind, but also because FBA does not have a specific clinical manifestation. FBA can be misdiagnosed as asthma, upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, or croup. Sometimes, FBA can be completely asymptomatic. We present the case with a delay in diagnosing FBA and discuss the appropriate management of suspected foreign body aspiration in a 6-year-old boy. This case illustrates the need for prompt action and a high level of suspicion in patients with prolonged symptoms and no resolution with standard treatment. Diagnosis should always be based on a combination of data obtained from the clinical history, physical examination, and radiographic findings. However, the normal appearance of a chest X-ray does not exclude the possibility of FBA.


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How to Cite
Ilchenko, S., Fialkovska, A., & Shchudro, S. (2021). An Unusual Case of Foreign Body Aspiration in 6-year-old Boy . Journal of Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs, 2, 20 - 23.