Unusual foreign bodies

Interesting case of a bronchial obstruction from a germinating pea has resurfaced.

Only in America: Pea plant grows inside man’s lung (Hospital Doctor)

… but the case is an old one from 2010.

Pea plant grows inside man’s lung (BBC Health)

Doctor finds plant growing inside man’s lung (WHDH News)

Pea sprout plucked from Cape man’s lung (boston.com)

However, it is always good to be reminded of clinical lessons especially where the cause is as clearly identified as here. There are reversible causes of bronchial obstruction in the older person and lung cancer should not be assumed without further evaluation.