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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1996 May;35(3):207-11.

Nasal foreign bodies in children.

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Division of Otorhinolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong.


This study investigates the pattern of pediatric nasal foreign body impaction and its management in a metropolitan area. Data was obtained from 147 children presenting to the Accident and Emergency Department over a 4-year period. The majority of foreign bodies were toys and household products. Complications which occurred, such as ingestion of the foreign body or epistaxis were usually related to attempts at removal. Fourteen cases of local complications resulted from button battery impaction. Most of these patients can successfully be managed without complication if correct procedures are adopted.

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