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‘Smelly’ stone removed from the nose of the 15-year-old girl who had been growing slowly for ten years

Doctors remove a ‘smelly’ nose stone from the nose of a 15-year-old girl who has been growing slowly for about ten years

  • Medically a rhinolite, it grows when mucus builds on an object in the nose
  • The teenager was caused by a piece of rubber that got stuck as a child
  • She was not aware of the stone, but had experienced separation and bleeding

A teenage girl had removed a ‘stinking’ nose stone from her nose that had been growing slowly for ten years.

Doctors revealed that the girl, who was not mentioned, had been suffering from nasal discharge and bleeding for many years.

After X-rays and CT scans it was finally discovered that there was a strange form with flippers in her sinuses.

In her nose, doctors found what is medically called a rhinolite, which develops slowly when deposits accumulate on a foreign object.

In the case of the 15-year-old, a piece of slime-covered rubber of about 2 cm in length was collected.

As a child it was probably in her nose, the doctors said in the United Arab Emirates. The girl, however, had no memory of putting it there.

A 15-year-old girl had a 'smelly' nose stone that had been growing slowly for over ten years through a small piece of rubber (left)

A 15-year-old girl had a ‘smelly’ nose stone that had been growing slowly for over ten years through a small piece of rubber (left)

The rhinolite had to be surgically removed by doctors from the United Arab Emirates

The rhinolite had to be surgically removed by doctors from the United Arab Emirates

The rhinolite had to be surgically removed by doctors from the United Arab Emirates

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

Strange growth can often be incorrectly diagnosed, doctors said, led by Dr. Mohiyuddin Ali at the Ain Alkhaleej Hospital, in BMJ Case Reports.

The girl had no other symptoms of a rhinolite, such as headache, but had often received antibiotics.

CT scans showed ‘clearly a fairly large, irregularly shaped object with many spicules and wings’, which the doctors described as a ‘staghorn’.

The next step was to remove the stone, which was large enough to require general anesthesia.

Doctors first made radiographs (left), before they found the “large irregularly shaped object with many spicules and wings” in CT scans (right)

It was not surprising that the girl felt better immediately after the operation, and within three weeks, after taking antibiotics and salt spray, she had no symptoms at all.

A rhinolite is “not a foreign body in itself, because it is not introduced from outside, but develops in the nasal cavity,” the authors wrote.

It can be caused by an object such as fruit seeds, plant material, beads, cotton wool or a little paper, or an external object such as bone fragment.

Deposits of calcium and magnesium salts, as well as nasal mucus, cover the piece of material for many years.

THE MAN WITH A TOOTH GROWING IN HIS NOSTRIL

A 59-year-old man had a tooth growing in his nostril because of a rare condition that left him with a stuffy nose for two years.

The strange growth, called an intranasal retained tooth, can be caused by physical damage or developmental problems, but doctors could not explain this case.

After scans and examinations to try and work out what the growth was, doctors removed it during surgery and discovered it was a whole tooth.

Growing a tooth in the nostril is rare and it is thought to affect somewhere between 0.1 percent and one percent of the population, but can go unnoticed.

The man, who saw doctors at the Ear, Nose and Throat department of Aarhus University Hospital, had a congested nose and loss of sense of smell in recent years.

He also had a regular milky discharge, especially from the left nostril.

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