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September 7, 1979

Nasal Foreign Bodies and Bromidrosis

JAMA. 1979;242(10):1031. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300100013006

To the Editor.—  In 1965, Golding1 reported a case of an 18-month-old boy who had an obnoxious body odor. The child was well in all other respects, except for the odor and a slight unilateral nasal discharge. An examination of the nose disclosed a fetid piece of the child's blanket, which was lodged in the nasopharynx. When this purulent foreign body was removed, the child's odor disappeared and did not return. Recently, Katz et al (241:1496, 1979) reported three similar cases in The Journal.

Report of a Case. —  A 2 1/2-year-old child was brought to my office because of severe problem with body odor. The odor had been present for eight weeks and had been constant. Her mother was forced to remove the child from a nursery school because the teacher and other students objected to her smell. Even the girl's mother could not stand to be near