Unusual nasal foreign body detected on routine dental radiography: case report

J Clin Pediatr Dent. 1996 Winter;20(2):155-7.


This report describes an unusual nasal foreign body in a 4-year-old boy discovered incidentally in a routine dental radiograph. A small piece of rubber eraser was lodged in the right nasal cavity, causing unilateral nasal obstruction and discharge, sneezing, snoring and breathing difficulty. In this case, discovery of unknown intranasal object was diagnostic for a condition suspected of pathological origin. Dentists may play a significant role in the diagnosis of intranasal foreign objects in children, through careful clinical examination and interpretation of dental radiographs. Early diagnosis is emphasized in order to avoid complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Foreign Bodies / complications
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Household Articles
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nasal Obstruction / diagnostic imaging
  • Nasal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Nose*
  • Radiography, Dental