Article Text

Download PDFPDF

An unusual case of chronic nasal foreign body
  1. Kate Hulse1,
  2. Christopher Thompson2,
  3. Rohit Gohil1,
  4. Iain Hathorn1
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology, NHS Lothian, Livingston, UK
  2. 2Anatomy, Division of Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Christopher Thompson, christhompson3{at}

Statistics from


A 15-year-old boy was referred to the ear, nose and throat department with a 5-year history of left-sided nasal obstruction and purulent, foul-smelling nasal discharge. On flexible nasendscopy, mucopurulent discharge from the left middle meatus was noted and the nasendoscope could not be passed beyond this point. The right nasal passage was entirely normal.

A CT scan of the sinuses demonstrated a hyperdense, irregular mass measuring 2.5×2.5 cm in the left posterior nasal airway, projecting into the nasopharynx (figure 1). There was no history of foreign body insertion.

Figure 1

A coronal CT of the foreign body in the left nasal cavity.

Operative findings during examination under anaesthetic were of a large occlusive foreign body lodged …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.