Unusual nasopharyngeal foreign body: A hooked iron rod

July 5, 2012
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Foreign bodies lodged in the nasopharynx are rare. We report a case of an unusual foreign body in the nasopharynx: a hooked iron rod. The patient was a 5-year-old girl. The foreign body had to be removed under general anesthesia. To the best of our knowledge, there has been no similar published report of a hooked iron rod in the nasopharynx.


Foreign bodies in the nasal cavity are relatively common in ENT practice. A nasopharyngeal foreign body, on the other hand, is a rare occurrence. Impaction of the latter can cause serious complications. We describe a case of an unusual foreign body that became lodged in the nasopharynx of a child.


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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 July;91(7):E13-E14