Korean J Radiol.  2001 Jun;2(2):87-96. 10.3348/kjr.2001.2.2.87.

Foreign Bodies in the Chest: How Come They Are Seen in Adults?

Abstract

The radiologic and clinical findings of foreign bodies in the chest of children are well recognized. Foreign bodies in adults are infrequent, however, and the radiologic findings of these unusual circumstances have rarely been described. We classified various thoracic foreign bodies into three types according to their cause: Type I, Aspiration, Type II, Trauma or Accident; Type III, Iatrogenic. This pictorial essay will illustrate the radiologic findings and consequences of thoracic foreign bodies in adults, which have rarely been described in the radiologic literature. The clinical significance of thoracic foreign bodies will be also be discussed.

Keyword

Adults; Foreign bodies; Thorax

MeSH Terms

Accidents
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aspiration
Esophagus/radiography
Female
Foreign Bodies/*etiology/*radiography
Heart/radiography
Human
Iatrogenic Disease
Male
Middle Age
Radiography, Thoracic
Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
*Thorax
Wounds and Injuries/complications
Wounds, Gunshot/complications
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