Foreign body in the nose – Removal

Last Updated on by FRCEM Intermediate

  • Instruct child to blow nose whilst occluding the other nostril
  • Ask the parent to blow into child’s mouth having first ensured a good seal and also occluded the normal nostril (‘parent’s kiss’)
  • Removal with a tracheal suction catheter attached to wall suction
  • Removal with nasal speculum and hook or forceps as appropriate
  • Pass a narrow balloon catheter past the foreign body, innate and remove the catheter, pulling the foreign body with it

Complications Aspiration +/- airway obstruction, Epistaxis, Septal perforation, Infection

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