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Objective: To analyze
bronchoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic method in patients with tracheobronchial
foreign body. Methods: We analyzed reports of flexible bronchoscopy with diagnose
of tracheobronchial foreign body performed from 2003 to 2013 in São Salvador Hospital,
in Goiania, capital of Goiás. The analysis was based on: sex and age of the patients,
airways and foreign body characteristics, foreign body localization, success rate
and rate of bleeding. We calculated the frequencies after analyzing the data.
Results: We analyzed 26 reports of the studied period and found that 57.7% of
the patients were male with median age of 58.83 years old (+—13.79). The airways
characteristics were normal in most of the cases. Sputum wasn’t found in 57.69%
of the cases. Foreign bodies were located in right bronchus in 88.46% of the cases,
and the extraction of them was successful in 80.76% of the cases. The absence of
bleeding was reported in 96.15% of the cases. Conclusions: Flexible bronchoscopy
is a notably successful method in management of tracheobronchial foreign bodies.
Airways characteristics aren’t good indicatives of FB’s presence, once they are
normal in most of the times.