Surgical removal of an intrapulmonary aberrant needle: report of a case

Hajime Otsuka, Takashi Makino, Yoko Azuma, Satoshi Koezuka, Keishi Sugino, Yoshinobu Hata, Yoichi Anami, Takashi Azumi, Akira Iyoda


Intrapulmonary aberrant needles are relatively rare in clinical practice. An aberrant needle can be transported via the following four routes: transcutaneous, transbronchial, transesophageal, or hematogenous (1,2). Patients with intrapulmonary aberrant needles may have symptoms such as cough, bloody sputum, chest pain, or respiratory distress, but there are also asymptomatic cases that are found accidentally (3). Bronchoscopic removal may be attempted; however, in cases where the needle penetrates into the lungs transbronchially, it may be necessary for patients to undergo surgery (3). We report a case of an intrapulmonary aberrant needle that was removed surgically.