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Something this man did when he was seven led to suspected lung cancer 40 years later

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When a 47-year-old ex-smoker presented with a persistent productive cough and malaise, doctors suspected lung cancer — but the true cause turned out to be child’s play.

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Both a chest X-ray (see below) and CT scan supported their suspicions of malignancy, most likely a bronchogenic carcinoma considering the patient’s 30 pack-year history.

So respiratory specialists performed a flexible bronchoscopy to investigate.

What they found was a blockage of a different kind.

A foreign body was

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