Misplaced tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis: A case of foreign body aspiration
Foreign body aspiration (FBA) is a rare, but potentially fatal condition frequently seen in the emergency department. Bronchoscopy plays a major role in its diagnosis and treatment. In patients with laryngectomy, the strategies for airway maintenance and foreign body retrieval are limited. We describe management of a patient with laryngectomy presenting with aspiration of a tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis (TEP). The TEP was not initially seen in chest radiography; however, computed tomography showed it within the right lower bronchus. Successful extraction of the TEP was achieved through bronchoscopy with forceps and retrieval basket. Otolaryngology placed a larger TEP and secured it with sutures. TEP migration is rare, but represents a risk for FBA. Initial imaging in the emergency department can be misleading, requiring a high degree of suspicion, as the TEP device may not be seen in standard chest radiography. Flexible bronchoscopy under moderate sedation in conjunction with forceps and retrieval basket may be appropriate for treatment of FBA in patients with laryngectomy and can be performed in the emergency department, preventing hospital admission.
American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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Abia-Trujillo, D., Tatari, M. M., Venegas-Borsellino, C. P., Hoffman, R. J., Fox, H. T., Fernandez-Bussy, I., & Guru, P. K. (2021). Misplaced tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis: A case of foreign body aspiration. The American journal of emergency medicine, 41, 266.e1–266.e2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2020.08.060