Bronchial beetle

Serisier, D. J.; Singh, M.; Bowler, S. D.
March 2005
Thorax;Mar2005, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p262
Academic Journal
journal article
The article presents a case study of a 74 year old man, who was presented to hospital after waking with chest discomfort and haemoptysis, and left lung !collapse was seen on the chest radiograph. Twelve years earlier he had undergone laryngectomy and postoperative radiotherapy for laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma and had a permanent stoma. He had a smoking history of 35 pack years. New endobronchial malignancy was suspected, but bronchoscopy revealed the cause of his left sided airway obstruction to be a 4 cm beetle. Chest radiographs taken after removal of the beetle demonstrated lung re-expansion. The beetle was later identified as a Passalid beetle, species aulacocyclus, a species that resides in rotting logs.


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