Document Type : Case Report
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Student Research Committee, Faculy of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Lung Diseases Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Foreign body aspiration (FBA) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among young children. However, FBA is rare in adults, and it occurs in the settings of neurological impairment and altered consciousness. We herein present a rare occurrence; a middle age female who aspirated a straight metal pin while holding it in her mouth for her veiling. This is rare because, unlike most other cases, our patient had none of the conventional risk factors for FBA and the incidence took place in a normal mental state. In our case report the aspirated metal pin had placed in the terminal part of her left bronchus, while according to the literature, once a foreign body enters the respiratory tract, it is most likely that the object be placed in the right bronchus due to its straighter angle. The patient received the necessary imaging modalities and due to the complexity of her condition, she had to undergo thoracotomy. This adds to the rarity of our report since FBA patients usually suffice either flexible or rigid bronchoscopy.