Nasal foreign body removal

J Emerg Med. 2004 May;26(4):441-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2003.12.024.


Patients with nasal foreign bodies often present to the Emergency Department (ED) for removal. In most cases, successful removal can be performed by the Emergency Physician (EP) using a variety of simple techniques. The EP should be familiar with multiple procedural techniques as a significant number of patients will require multiple attempts and techniques for removal of the nasal foreign body. This article reviews the more common techniques for removal, and provides specific technical tips, indications and contraindications for each technique.

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Cyanoacrylates / therapeutic use
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Nasal Cavity*
  • Pressure
  • Suction
  • Tissue Adhesives / therapeutic use
  • Turbinates


  • Cyanoacrylates
  • Tissue Adhesives