Traffic cone 'carcinoma'
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.
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