Man Finds Blocked Nose Was Caused By Tooth Growing In Nostril For Two Years

Man Finds Blocked Nose Was Caused By Tooth Growing In Nostril For Two Years

4 hours ago 6  Shares Man Finds Blocked Nose Was Caused By Tooth Growing In Nostril For Two Years Thu Feb 28 2019 17:43:16 GMT+0000 (GMT) Thu Feb 28 2019 18:39:55 GMT+0000 (GMT) Rebecca Shepherd Rebecca Shepherd in  Community Powered by What do you usually put a blocked nose down to? Flu? Allergies? Sinus infection?…


What do you usually put a blocked nose down to? Flu? Allergies? Sinus infection?

Tooth? Absolutely impossible.

Well, it’s not that unlikely – or so it would seem because one man from Denmark was relieved of his stuffy-nosed symptoms when doctors removed a tooth from his nostril.

The 59-year-old had been complaining of nasal congestion, discharge and a loss of his sense of smell for two whole years.

According to BMJ Case Reports, the guy had suffered facial trauma at a young age which left him with a fractured jaw and nose – which would potentially explain the condition he found himself suffering with.

But, according to Sky News, doctors claimed that there was no evidence to suggest repositioning following the incident was connected to the nasal growth condition.

This is a picture taken by an endoscope of the tooth before it was removed. Credit: BMJ Case Reports
This is a picture taken by an endoscope of the tooth before it was removed. Credit: BMJ Case Reports

Dr Milos Fuglsang wrote in BMJ Case Reports: “Our patient most likely had the intranasal retained tooth most of his life, but had late onset of symptoms.”

After a CT scan, doctor’s were able to use an endoscope to perform a surgical extraction at University Hospital Aarhus’s ear, nose and throat facility.

Initially doctors suspected that it was a cyst or tumour and thought that was what they would pull out.

The tooth next to a pen for size. Credit: BMJ Case Reports
The tooth next to a pen for size. Credit: BMJ Case Reports

The report concluded: “Intranasal teeth are a rare finding but important to recognise since nasal congestion, chronic discharge and hyposmia can decrease quality of life.”

The patient was fine within a month after using nasal saline irrigation and ten days of antibiotics, with no new symptoms reported.

According to the MailOnline, growing a tooth this way is rare and believed to affect somewhere between 0.1 per cent and one per cent of the population.

The tooth after extraction. Credit: BMJ Case Reports
The tooth after extraction. Credit: BMJ Case Reports

And on the subject of objects being removed from noses – a little girl had to undergo surgery to remove a safety pin from her nose after it became wedged in an open position.

Moumita Let was taken to hospital in excruciating pain and doctors had to remove the pin through her mouth under general anaesthetic. Nice.

An x-ray showing the safety pin wedged inside Moumita Let's nose. Credit: SWNS
An x-ray showing the safety pin wedged inside Moumita Let’s nose. Credit: SWNS

Dr Suvendu Bhattacharya performed the procedure at a state hospital in Suri, West Bengal, India, after she was brought in by her parents.

Using an endoscope and his fingers, Dr Bhattacharya was able to finally locate and remove the pin.

He explained: “I saw that the pin was wedged behind the middle turbinate of the nose. It was impossible to pull it out from the front as the pin was open from inside and would have caused further injury. We had already put a nasal tube to enable her to breathe.

“Then I inserted the endoscope into the nostril and got the pin dislodged pushing into the mouth from it was finally retrieved.”

Well, that’s put us off sticking anything up our nose – if we were ever going to that is. As for teeth – we’ll just have to hope and pray.

Featured Image Credit: BMJ Case Reports

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Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women’s magazines.

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