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August 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(2):349-353. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040375012

The nature and the removal of the average nasal foreign body hardly warrant a report in the literature. In the case recorded here, however, the roentgen diagnosis of the presence of a foreign body and the subsequent removal of the body as an unrecognizable mass appeared sufficiently interesting and instructive to prompt publication.

SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS  As a rule, it is easy to detect the presence of a foreign body in the nose, but occasionally the symptoms are so slight that they escape notice. A 6 year old child, as recently reported by Kopp and Levy,1 was treated intermittently for three years because of repeated head colds. Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy failed to help. Later a frontal headache and a foul nasal discharge developed. A roentgenogram taken to determine the condition of the paranasal sinuses showed a metal button wedged between the septum and the posterior tip of the inferior turbinate.

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