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An Uncommon Mimic of an Acute Asthma Exacerbation*

David Zaas, MD; Malcolm Brock, MD; Stephen Yang, MD, FCCP; J. T. Sylvester, MD
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*From the Department of Medicine (Drs. Zaas and Sylvester) and the Division of Thoracic Surgery (Drs. Brock and Yang), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Correspondence to: J. T. Sylvester, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore, MD 21224; e-mail: jsylv@jhmi.edu



Chest. 2002;121(5):1707-1709. doi:10.1378/chest.121.5.1707
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Foreign body aspiration in adults has a variety of clinical presentations and often goes unrecognized. We describe the case of a patient who experienced crack cocaine aspiration and presented with symptoms of an acute asthma exacerbation requiring mechanical ventilation until the eventual diagnosis and bronchoscopic removal of the foreign body.

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