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Diagnosis and management of intranasal foreign bodies

Glenn C Isaacson, MD, FAAP
Aderonke Ojo, MD
Section Editor
Anne M Stack, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


Intranasal foreign bodies (FBs) occur most commonly in young children and consist of a variety of inorganic and organic objects. In most instances, the patient is asymptomatic. The majority of intranasal FBs are removed at initial presentation and do not require referral to an otolaryngologist. Button batteries and paired disc magnets can cause serious damage to nasal structures and merit urgent removal.

The diagnosis and management of intranasal FBs is presented here. FBs of the outer ear, airway, and digestive tract are discussed separately:

(See "Diagnosis and management of foreign bodies of the outer ear".)

(See "Airway foreign bodies in children" and "Airway foreign bodies in adults".)

(See "Foreign bodies of the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract in children" and "Ingested foreign bodies and food impactions in adults" and "Rectal foreign bodies".)

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