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The unidentified 48-year-old assumed that he had accidentally swallowed the package given to him by his girlfriend during a prison visit. He had no idea it was deep in his nose until doctors removed it, and then he remembered trying to hide the medicine in his nose

Former prisoner has removed a rubber balloon full of cannabis from his nose 18 YEARS after he put it there to smuggle him past guards

  • The 48-year-old assumed that he had accidentally swallowed the package
  • The rubber capsule was given to him by his girlfriend during a prison visit
  • He said he had no idea it was deep in his nose until doctors removed it
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A prisoner had a rubber balloon of cannabis removed from his nose – 18 years after he had put it there to smuggle him past guards.

The unidentified 48-year-old assumed that he had accidentally swallowed the package given to him by his girlfriend during a prison visit.

He had no idea it was deep in his nose until doctors removed it, and then he remembered trying to hide the medicine in his nose.

The mass was a cannabis-based rhinolite, a mass that develops slowly when deposits accumulate over a foreign object for several years.

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The unidentified 48-year-old assumed that he had accidentally swallowed the package given to him by his girlfriend during a prison visit. He had no idea it was deep in his nose until doctors removed it, and then he remembered trying to hide the medicine in his nose

The unidentified 48-year-old assumed that he had accidentally swallowed the package given to him by his girlfriend during a prison visit. He had no idea it was deep in his nose until doctors removed it, and then he remembered trying to hide the medicine in his nose

Doctors in Australia performed a CT scan of his brain after complaining of headache – a common symptom of a rhinolite.

It exhibited a gray lesion of 1.9 x 1.1 cm in his right nasal cavity and was referred to the ear, nose, and throat department at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

Upon interrogation, he admitted that he had a & # 39; long history & # 39; had a blocked nose and sinus infections – two other common rhinolite symptoms.

Doctors removed the man's foreign body from which they noted it was a & # 39; rubber capsule with degenerate vegetable or vegetable matter & # 39 ;.

Writing in the British Medical Journal Case Reports, doctors revealed that they found out it was cannabis after a patient quiz. It is unclear what they did with the medicine.

WHAT IS A RHINOLITH?

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Rhinolites are rare, accounting for one in 10,000 patients who are treated in an ear, nose and throat, figures suggest.

The unusual masses develop slowly as deposits of calcium and mucus accumulate on a foreign object, including beads, knots and even teeth.

Symptoms include headache – the symptom for which the man sought help, as well as nasal obstruction, discharge, and even facial pain.

The team that treated this patient said: & As far as we know, our case represents the first report of a marijuana-based rhinolith obtained in prison. & # 39;

Doctors, led by Dr. Eugene Wong added that this is likely because most drug smuggling attempts relate to the substance being ingested.

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They wrote: & # 39; At follow-up and specific interrogation, the patient was able to recall an incident that occurred 18 years earlier while in prison.

& # 39; During a prison visit, the patient's girlfriend delivered him a small amount of marijuana in a rubber balloon.

& # 39; To avoid detection, the patient put the package in his right nostril.

& # 39; Despite effectively smuggling the package past the guards, the patient accidentally pushed the package deeper into his nostril and mistakenly believed that he had swallowed it.

& # 39; He was unaware of the presence of the package until the unusual histopathology report was presented. & # 39;

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The man reported three months after the operation & # 39; full solution & # 39; of the symptoms.

The team added: & As far as we know, our case represents the first report of a marijuana-based rhinolith obtained in prison. & # 39;

Doctors, led by Dr. Eugene Wong added that this is likely because most drug smuggling attempts relate to the substance being ingested.

Rhinolites are rare, accounting for one in 10,000 patients who are treated in an ear, nose and throat, figures suggest.

The unusual masses develop slowly as deposits of calcium and mucus accumulate over a foreign object, including beads, buttons and even teeth.

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Symptoms include headache – the symptom for which the man sought help, as well as nasal obstruction, discharge, and even facial pain.

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