I've had a few of similar cases and have found the value of 'shopping around' for specialists. I.e. I
try ENT first (but some don't feel comfortable with kids), then peds pulmonary (all of whom do
bronchoscopy here) and once I had luck with pediatric surgery - they do rigid bronchoscopy under GET.
Anyway - there's always another consultant if you don't like the first answer...
Lyn dos Santos wrote:
> I think not! When in doubt, the safest route is to take a look. I think that the standard of care
> for this child would be to have a bronch. I have had a similar kid that ended up with another FB
> in the rt main stem bronchus. This child (22 month old) had a definite past history of wheezing
> but had absolutely no symptoms prior to the event. As I recall, this child had bilateral wheezing
> slightly more on the rt than the left.
> I think the only time that we as Peds ER physicians have a hard time having kids bronched is when
> the ENT on call has not had a lot of Pediatric exposure. I don't think that Xrays are necessary
> since a lack of suggestive findings would not prevent me from recommending a bronch in such a
> kid. Certainly, if one had findings on an Xray (plain/I:E/decubitus), that might be a factor in
> convincing a reluctant ENT to bronch.
> The Pulmonary specialists will sometimes watch these kids overnight with bronchodilators and
> steroids on board and if no improvement in 8-12 hours, then have ENT bronch them.
> What was the outcome of observation for your patient?
> Lyn M. dos Santos, MD
> Pediatric Emergency Medicine
> Children's Hospitals and Clinics
> Minneapolis, MN
> Maureen McCollough Hill wrote:
> > Case for the group:
> > 2 yr old child presents to ED after choking episode at home. Child was
> > playing with beans from a daycare arts-and-crafts and suddenly choked. Mom
> > sees child having trouble breathing and performs a Heimlich. Out pops a
> > bean. Child still with stridor and wheezing. Mom brings kid to ED. In ED
> > for 3 hrs. Still has "audible stridor and wheezing" during ED stay. Maybe
> > improves with Albuterol, but not completely. Child maybe has a history of
> > "asthma" prior to this choking episode. No prior admits for asthma. Child
> > well prior to choking episode. Child admitted to peds floor for
> > "observation" with albuterol. ED diagnosis on chart 1. Foreign body
> > aspiration, 2. Bronchospasm
> > No xrays, no bronchoscopy, just observation with albuterol.......Standard
> > of care??
> > Maureen McCollough
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