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A tracheal foreign body is an object that has been inhaled or aspirated into the trachea, or windpipe. This can be a food particle, a small toy, or any other object that can fit into the trachea. Symptoms of a tracheal foreign body include coughing, choking, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. If the foreign body is not removed, it can cause serious complications such as infection, blockage of the airway, and even death. Treatment for a tracheal foreign body typically involves removal of the object using a bronchoscope or other medical instrument.
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