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Question: How is a nasal foreign body removed?

Answer:

Techniques of removal are based on the physician’s experience and ability; safe removal occasionally requires general anesthesia. There is always a risk of airway compromise if the foreign body dislodges posteriorly during attempted extraction or with forced inhalation. Administration of a topical vasoconstrictor to shrink the nasal mucosa may facilitate removal of the foreign body by any method, including the use of forceps, magnets, suction cup, wire ear loops, hooked probes, wall suction, and balloon catheters.

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