Nasopharyngeal airway aspiration: An uncommon cause of sudden respiratory distress in hospitalized patients
Kosar Hussain1, Sara Hussain2, Jawed Abubaker3, Raees Ahmed4
1General Medicine, Goulburn Valley Health, Victoria, Australia
2Intern, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3Ziauddin Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan
4Diagnostic Group, Beaumont, TX, USA
Keywords: Nasopharyngeal airway; Aspiration; Respiratory distress; X-ray
An elderly, bed ridden patient with a history of stroke was admitted for management of aspiration pneumonia. Two days after insertion of a nasopharyngeal airway, sudden respiratory distress prompted further investigations which led to the eventual diagnosis and removal of the nasopharyngeal airway that had been aspirated. The device was removed under conscious sedation with fiber optic bronchoscopy.