ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Incidentally Detected Syringe Needles After 33 Years of İnhalation: A Case Report
Levent Dertsiz1, Gökhan Arslan2, Abid Demircan1
1Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Akdeniz University, Antalya
2Departments of Radiology, Medicine Faculty of Akdeniz University, Antalya
Aspiration of foreign bodies is more common in pediatric patients than in adults. Sometimes patients with inhaled foreign bodies remain asymptomatic for a long period and the exact moment of aspiration cannot be elicited. Herein, we presented a 36-year-old male patient who aspirated syringe needles when he was a child. Three needles were incidentally detected on a routine X-ray film, two were located in the lung and one was in the thoracic wall. The patient had been asymptomatic for approximately 33 years. To our knowledge, this is the first case of aspirated syringe needles that remained asymptomatic for such a long time.
Keywords : Bronchoscopy; foreign bodies/etiology/diagnosis; inhalation needles
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