An inhaled object may become stuck above, between or below the vocal cords.

This causes a violent coughing fit, that lasts at least one minute.

Most commonly, the object flies all the way down the windpipe (trachea), into the bronchi.

Supraglottic Larynx

Supraglottic Larynx

Foreign bodies stuck just above the vocal cords are very rare. Examples include the hardware from a Christmas tree ornament or a fish hook. Patients typically have noise when breathing inward, a muffled voice and pain when swallowing.

Transglottic Larynx

Transglottic Larynx

Thin, sharp objects, such as plastic stickers, pencil shavings or eggshells may become stuck between the vocal cords and create inflammatory tissue. Patients typically have severe hoarseness, noise when breathing both in and out and a “barking” cough. Sometimes misdiagnosed as croup.

لحم الخنزير المقدد في القصبة الهوائية


Foreign bodies very rarely lodge in the trachea. Examples include pieces of bacon or wood or even a marble. Patients typically have low-pitched noises; usually more when breathing out than when breathing in. A marble or other large object in the trachea would cause major respiratory distress.

(AP) اشعة اكس بي بي كريات صغيرة في القصبة الهوائية


Most airway foreign bodies lodge in the bronchi (usually on the right). Examples include nuts, crispy fruit or vegetables, plastic toy parts, pins and thumbtacks. After initial an coughing fit, the patient feels better, but then develops a high-pitched “wheeze”, and about a week later, pneumonia. Not to be confused with asthma!

Did You Know?!

A 2013 report stated that, from 2001 to 2009, an average of 12,435 children (14 years old or younger) per year were treated in US Emergency Rooms because of food-related choking.[Ref:1]