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Migration of foreign body from mouth to nose 

  • KOJI YAMAKAWA1
  • HIROSHI DOHGOMORI2
  • TAKEHIKO FURUSAWA1
  • YOSHIHISA SODE 1
  • KIMINORI NETSU1

1Department of Emergency and Critical care Medicine, Shinshu University Hospital

2Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Shinshu University Hospital

DOI: 10.22514/SV41.042009.8 Vol.4,Issue 1,April 2009 pp.33-34

Published: 09 April 2009

*Corresponding Author(s): HIROSHI DOHGOMORI E-mail: hd5621hd@yahoo.co.jp

Abstract

A man appeared in the Emergency Department complaining of discomfort in his neck because he had swallowed a tooth-pick while taking a nap. The examining physician could find no foreign body in the patient’s mouth or pharynx. An additional examination using a fiberscope disclosed the existence of a foreign body in the nose. The toothpick was thought to have migrated to the nose from the pharynx after it was swallowed. Foreign bodies of various sizes may migrate to the nose from other parts of the body. Therefore, protocols must be designed for additional examination of the nose. 

Keywords

airway, foreign bodies, migration, toothpick

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KOJI YAMAKAWA,HIROSHI DOHGOMORI,TAKEHIKO FURUSAWA,YOSHIHISA SODE ,KIMINORI NETSU. Migration of foreign body from mouth to nose . Signa Vitae. 2009. 4(1);33-34.

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