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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 498

Magill forceps: A savior in bronchoscopy

Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India

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Teena Bansal
2/8 FM, Medical Campus, PGIMS, Rohtak - 124 001, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_100_17

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Bansal T, Popli S, Bangarwa N, Kumar S, Yadav P. Magill forceps: A savior in bronchoscopy. Saudi J Anaesth 2017;11:498

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Bansal T, Popli S, Bangarwa N, Kumar S, Yadav P. Magill forceps: A savior in bronchoscopy. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Mar 23];11:498. Available from:


A 2-year-old child was posted for bronchoscopic removal of plum seed from the right bronchus [Figure 1]. After induction of anesthesia, it was difficult to grasp with bronchoscope. However, it was removed from the trachea, but it slipped into the pharynx. Direct laryngoscopy was done, and it was seen near to glottis. It could be removed with Magill forceps, but it was not available at the same moment. Immediately, very carefully trachea was intubated, and ventilation was started keeping in view the seed. Within 15 s, Magill forceps was available and the seed was removed using it successfully.
Figure 1: Plum seed

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Magill forceps is generally used to extract foreign body, for example, coin from the pharynx in addition to its other uses such as nasotracheal intubation, placing gastric tube, and removing fallen loose teeth in mouth.[1] However, it became a savior in the present case where we did not anticipate such a problem. We wish to highlight that Magill forceps should always be kept in hand while performing bronchoscopy.

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Arshad Z, Abbas H, Gupta L, Bogra J. Magill forceps – An aid for difficult intubation. Internet J Anaesthesiol 2013;31:1-4.  Back to cited text no. 1


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