Positive pressure technique for removal of nasal foreign bodies

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2007 Nov;71(11):1809-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2007.08.011. Epub 2007 Sep 24.


Nasal foreign bodies represent a common ENT problem in children. Ninety percent of these can be removed without otorhinolaryngologic intervention. Numerous documented techniques exist, employing instruments, which pose problems in children. Positive pressure technique avoids the need for instrumentation, therefore bypassing the disadvantages met by other techniques. Positive pressure technique is both safe and effective, highlighted by a success rate of 62.5% in 8 patients presenting acutely. Promising result of this small study warrantees further study in larger number of paediatric population. In contrast to previous documentation, children nursed prone tolerated the procedure better. Hollow objects were resilient to this technique and require other methods of removal. Positive pressure technique should be considered to remove foreign bodies from the paediatric nose especially in emergency department setting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nose*
  • Peas
  • Pressure*