Removal of nasal foreign bodies with a Fogarty biliary balloon catheter

J Laryngol Otol. 1994 Sep;108(9):758-60. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100128038.


Twenty-five children with a range of nasal foreign bodies, which were not easily amenable to anterior instrumental extraction, were considered for this study. These foreign bodies were removed by the use of a Fogarty biliary balloon catheter (Intimax) successfully in 23 children. In two children no foreign body was found. None of the children had any complications. This is a safe procedure which can be performed as an out-patient. Whilst the cost of the catheter may appear expensive, in comparison to the cost of admission for removal of similarly sited foreign bodies under general anaesthesia, the catheter fares favourably.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Catheterization / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Epistaxis / etiology
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Nasal Cavity*