ND72.3/T17.3 Foreign body in larynx



Foreign body in larynx is usually due to accidental ingestion of foreign material, though it can also be caused by aspiration.


Diagnosis is usually made based on clinical history and physical examination. A laryngoscopy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis includes laryngospasm, laryngitis, tracheobronchitis, and vocal cord paralysis.


Treatment of foreign body in larynx depends on the size and location of the foreign body, as well as the patient’s symptoms. In most cases, removal of the foreign body is necessary to relieve symptoms. This can be done using forceps, suction, or a bronchoscope.


Prognosis is generally good if the foreign body is removed promptly. Complications can occur if the foreign body is not removed, or if the patient has an underlying condition such as laryngospasm or vocal cord paralysis.

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