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Thirty consecutive cases of proven foreign bodies in the tracheobronchial tree were treated during March 1985 to June 1987. A history of foreign body aspiration was obtained in 15 (50%) patients. The common mode of presentation was cough, respiratory distress and fever. In the majority of cases clinical examination revealed signs of collapse or just diminished breath sounds. Roentgenological study showed atelectasis in 13 (43%). Right bronchus was more frequently involved and the commonest foreign bodies were ground-nut and betel-nut. Bronchoscopic removal of foreign body was complete and successful in 24 (80%) and was associated with complication in six (20%) of the cases. There were two deaths.