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Veterinarian Technician June 2010 (Vol 31, No 6)

Final View: A Dangerous Snack

by Jennifer Gargan, LVT

    A 3-year-old neutered male Irish setter presented with coughing and drooling, both of which began after walking in a field with the owner. Lateral chest radiographs obtained by the referring veterinarian showed no significant findings. My colleagues and I obtained lateral and ventrodorsal radiographs of the patient's neck, and the lateral view revealed a plant foreign body in the trachea. The internal medicine department assisted with foreign body removal via bronchoscopy. The plant was believed to be a milkweed pod and stem. This was an unusual presentation at our clinic.

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