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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-63

A novel way of removing an endotracheal suction catheter foreign body in a preterm neonate: A case report and review of literature

1 General Paediatric Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman
2 General Paediatric Department, Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Science and Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Dr. Khalid Ali Aman Bait Jamil
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Royal Hospital, Muscat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_91_18

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Airway obstruction by foreign bodies (FBs) in preterm neonates is a rare occurrence. Most of these FBs are iatrogenic and related to medical devices used in the neonate. We describe a case of an endotracheal FB resulting from the cut end of an in-line closed suction catheter. The FB caused collapse/consolidation of different lung lobes with changes in its position. It was missed for a long period of about 3 weeks and was removed by applying direct suction through an endotracheal tube. Different innovative devices have been used to retrieve endotracheal FBs in small preterm neonates; however, this method is not reported in literature to our knowledge.

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