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Bronchoscopic removal of bronchial foreign bodies through the laryngeal mask airway in pediatric patients

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The laryngeal mask airway was used to perform fiberoptic removal of bronchial foreign bodies (peanuts) in two pediatric patients. Laryngeal mask airway offers easy access to the airway, safe respiratory management and direct visualization of the airway during bronchoscopic procedures. Laryngeal mask airway allows the use of larger bronchoscopes than can usually be used for children when bronchoscopy is performed through an endotracheal tube. In each case, the peanuts were removed safely and easily using a Fogarty catheter through the fiberoptic bronchoscope. These cases suggest that laryngeal mask airway is useful in maintaining a secure airway during the removal of bronchial foreign bodies in children.

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Correspondence to Takashi Hirai.

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Hirai, T., Yamanaka, A., Fujimoto, T. et al. Bronchoscopic removal of bronchial foreign bodies through the laryngeal mask airway in pediatric patients. Jpn J Thorac Caridovasc Surg 47, 190–192 (1999).

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  • bronchial foreign body
  • laryngeal mask airway
  • bronchoscope