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A light bulb moment: an unusual cause of foreign body aspiration in children
  1. C T Lau,
  2. Lawrence Lan,
  3. Kenneth Wong,
  4. Paul Kwong Hang Tam
  1. Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kenneth Wong, kkywong{at}


A 15-month-old girl developed persistent cough with no associated history of foreign body aspiration. Chest X-ray showed a U-shaped radiopaque foreign body, which was initially thought to be a hairpin, in the right main bronchus. Rigid bronchoscopy was performed and the foreign body turned out to be a light-emitting diode (LED) bulb. In this article, we report our experience of LED bulb aspiration in children, with the view to raise the awareness of clinicians about this potentially life-threatening emergency.

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