Nasal foreign body
Witnessed insertion of foreign body in the left nostril with subsequent greenish nasal discharge.
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Rounded radiopaque shadow of foreign body (disk battery) measuring 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm in the posterior aspect of the left nasal cavity.
Opacification of the corresponding nasal cavity.
Visualised paranasal sinuses are clear.
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Complications of foreign body insertion depend on location and the type of foreign body. They might include bleeding due to mucosal injury, remote migration, perforation, abscess formation, and sepsis.
In this case, a disc or button battery, although small in size with smooth margins, can be fatal. Heavy metal poisoning, sepsis and perforation can occur as such batteries contain alkaline corrosive agents.
An attempt to remove the battery in the Emergency department failed. It was then endoscopically removed under general anaesthesia by an ENT physician. Mucosal and nasal turbinates corrosive effects were noticed during the attempt.
- Mohammed Hossam Thabet,1 Waleed Mohamed Basha,2 and Sherif Askar2 1Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria 21526, Egypt 2Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44519, Egypt Received 16 April 2013; Revised 16 June 2013; Accepted 18 June 2013 https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2013/846091/
- Foreign Bodies Tim B. Hunter, MD, and Mihra S. Taljanovic, MD 1From the Department of Radiology, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724. Received August 2, 2002; revision requested August 28 and received October 15; accepted October 16. Address correspondence to T.B.H. http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/rg.233025137