Lung India

: 2020  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 275--277

Fenestrated cup forceps use in removal of sharp airway foreign body

Satya Ranjan Sahu, Karan Madan, Saurabh Mittal, Anant Mohan 
 Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Saurabh Mittal
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

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Sahu SR, Madan K, Mittal S, Mohan A. Fenestrated cup forceps use in removal of sharp airway foreign body.Lung India 2020;37:275-277

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A 21-year-old male student presented to us with a history of accidental aspiration of board pin [Figure 1]a while doing file work 12-h back. He had been having cough since then. On examination, he was comfortable at rest and vitals were stable. Pulse oximetry saturation at room air was 98%. A posteroanterior and lateral chest radiograph demonstrated a sharp foreign body (FB) in the right lower lobe bronchus [Figure 1]b. An initial attempt for flexible bronchoscopic removal using rat tooth forceps was planned. The patient was sedated using a combination of midazolam and fentanyl, and flexible bronchoscopy via oral route was performed. It demonstrated that the FB was present in the right lower lobe bronchus with its pointing end toward the bronchoscope and plastic blunt end causing complete occlusion [Figure 2]a. The pointing end could not be grasped using rat tooth as well as alligator forceps due to it slippery nature. Subsequently, a fenestrated cup forceps (Pentax) was used. The pointed end of the FB was hooked inside the fenestration [Figure 2]b followed by the closure of cups [Figure 2]c, which led to a better grip, and FB could be removed immediately. Postprocedure, the patient was stable and was discharged after an observation period of 4 h.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

Airway FBs are more common in children as compared to adult population.[1] In adults, it is mostly related to accidental aspiration of working tools (paper clips, scarf pins, nails, or board pins) and bone fragments or occurs during state of altered consciousness (trauma, sedation, intoxication, and seizures).[2] The severity of symptoms depends on the degree of airway obstruction and can range from an asymptomatic patient to life-threatening asphyxia. Although rigid bronchoscopy is the gold standard for the removal of FB from the airways, in monitored conditions with a back-up of rigid bronchoscopy, flexible bronchoscopy can be safely and effectively used in the diagnosis and treatment of stable adult patients.[3],[4] Flexible bronchoscopy has been shown to reduce both time and cost in removing airway FB in adults.

The different types of accessories used to catch FB are rat tooth forceps, alligator forceps, magnet tip, and dormia basket.[4] Depending on the shape and size of the FB, appropriate forceps needs to be used. Flexible cryoprobe is increasingly being used for hygroscopic FB removal.[5] The problems faced during removal of sharp FB are injury to airways, damaging the bronchoscope channel, and slippage of FB to other segments. For these reasons, sharp FBs are commonly removed using rigid bronchoscopy under general anesthesia. The sharp FB poses a greater threat of slippage during removal and grasping the pointed ends is also difficult with common tooth or alligator forceps. The fenestrated cup forceps used in our case helped in providing a better grip of the sharp and smooth end reducing the above risk and successful removal could be done.

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