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Acute-onset Breathlessness: An Unexpected Etiology?

Lokhesh C Anbalagan, Atul Saroch

Keywords : Acute hypoxemic respiratory failure (AHRF), Critically ill adults, Lung primary

Citation Information : Anbalagan LC, Saroch A. Acute-onset Breathlessness: An Unexpected Etiology?. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (2):231-234.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24112

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 09-02-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Acute-onset breathlessness has multifactorial causes where early spotting of etiology assists in prompt treatment of these cases. Other than usual causes, an often-neglected cause, especially in adults, is non-asphyxiating foreign body aspiration. Here, we describe a case of a 40-year-old male who had aspirated an organic foreign body under alcohol intoxication and presented with symptoms of acute-onset breathlessness and severe hypoxia. Prompt diagnosis and bronchoscopy-guided removal result in a quick recovery of symptoms in the index patient.

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