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November 8, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(19):1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120450001011a

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A foreign body in the nose of a child is a matter of comparatively common occurrence, but not common, I believe, in adults who are sane and of ordinary intelligence; therefore, I am prompted to report this case:

Mr. A. B., aged 33, a student of mechanical engineering, came to my office, Dec. 28, 1918, saying that during the past three years, breathing on the right side of the nose had been almost completely obstructed. At times he could inhale a little air through that side of the nose, but he could not exhale. He also complained of a very foul discharge dropping back into the throat which sometimes even produced nausea.

On examination, the nasal septum appeared moderately deflected toward the right. The left nasal chamber showed no particular abnormality, but it was possible to obtain a view of only about the anterior one third of the right nasal

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