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Old 06-27-2008, 12:21 PM   #1
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Chewing gum lodged in lung..

My friend recently accidentally inhaled a piece of chewing gum into his lung. It's been a few days since it happened and he said it hurt at first but it doesnt anymore. I tried to persuade him to go to the hospital but the cost has prevented him from seeking medical treatment. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice as to how it can be safely removed and if he is at risk for serious injury. After looking around a bit i found an article about things getting lodged in the lung and it seems this could be a serious issue. Anyway any input would be appreciated.

Edit: hmm it seems the free encyclopedia we all know and love isn't allowed here. anyway the article concerns a condition called Pulmonary aspiration a simple web search would give you some good results. Thanks

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Old 06-30-2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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Re: Chewing gum lodged in lung..


c'mon no one has any advice?

Old 06-30-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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Re: Chewing gum lodged in lung..

Ouch sounds painful.
Since your in Denver, call NJH's lung line and talk to a respiratory nurse, (free advice) hopefully she will have some answers.
Good Luck!

Old 07-01-2008, 02:05 PM   #4
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Re: Chewing gum lodged in lung..


I highly recomend your friend seek medical attention on this situation. Usualy, anything aspirated into the lungs will at the very least become infected. I had a young nephew aspirate a piece of a peanut, and they had to go down with an endoscope to remove it.

Please let us know how he makes out.
Take care, and God bless.

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