The mean green popsicle using cryotherapy to remove aspirated foreign bodies

Joseph C. Seaman, James L. Knepler, Karen Bauer, Mitchell Rashkin

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Foreign body (FB) aspiration can be a lifethreatening event. Although more common in children, FB aspiration can occur at any age. Symptoms related to FB aspiration range from coughing and shortness of breath to asphyxiation. Chest imaging can be nonspecific and infrequently identifies an FB. Herein, we describe a case of a 54-year-old male patient who aspirated an FB and experienced respiratory arrest. He failed to improve with conservative measures and required emergent bronchoscopy. He was found to have an FB in his proximal left mainstem bronchus that could not be removed using standard bronchoscopy and he was referred to our center for definitive care. We used a cryotherapy probe to remove the FB. We propose that cryotherapy is a useful tool to remove FBs that are soft and amenable to freezing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-350
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Cryotherapy
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Interventional pulmonary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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