Crayon in nose

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard


"Mum, I can't find the red one?"

Patient Data

Age: Child
Gender: Male

Skull / face x-rays


A radiopaque linear foreign body is present within the nasal cavity, appearing to reach the sphenoid sinus. 

CT sinuses


CT scan confirms the presence of a foreign body in the nose, the tip reaching the sphenoid sinus but not extending into the intracranial compartment. 

Case Discussion

This child had, as children do, inserted a crayon into his nose, and was unable to retrieve it. It was eventually removed using forceps. 

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