A 23-year-old male asked:
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can cilia in the lungs and bronchi remove tiny foreign objects over time? (specifically a tiny piece of my pasta may have gone down the wrong way.)

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Dr. Steven Hebert
29 years experience Pathology
Cilia: The mucociliary elevator of the bronchi does allow for small particles to be moved up and out of the lungs. Something as large as a noodle probably will be stuck for a long time and you may need medical intervention. See your doctor.
Answered on Dec 22, 2017
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