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Case of the Week 386

What is the most likely diagnosis?

  • 43 year-old with foreign body in right main bronchus caught in the nick of time

Coronal Reformatted CT Scan of the Chest

  1. Broncholith
  2. Old TB
  3. Dermoid
  4. Carcinoid tumor
  5. Santa Claus

Additional Image - Close-up of right main bronchus



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5. Santa Claus and his 8 Reindeer



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  Santa Claus and his Eight Reindeer

  General Considerations

  • Also known as:
    • Saint Nicholas
    • Father Christmas
    • Kris Kringle
  • Image of plump, jolly, red-coated man became popular in United States in 19th century
  • Believed to live with Mrs. Claus in northern climates
  • Reindeer were established in poem "The Night Before Christmas" attributed to Clement Clarke Moore in 1823

This is a retouched photograph of a coronal reformatted CT scan of the chest. There is no foreign body present.



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