Ex-Prisoner has Cannabis Removed From His Nose 18 Years After Smuggling Attempt

It’s one thing to forget where you hid something nearly 20 years ago. It’s quite another if it was hidden in your nose. But that is the improbable story of a 48-year-old former prisoner, whose tale of nasal smuggling was detailed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal.

According to the Daily Mail, which digested the report, doctors in Australia ran a CT scan on the ex-prisoner, who had apparently complained about headaches. The physicians suspected the cause was a rhinolith, which is defined by the authors of the case report as “calcareous concretions of the nasal cavity formed around a nidus that may be endogenous (eg, dislodged tooth) or an exogenous foreign body (eg, plastic bead inserted by a child).” 

The scan showed a sizable lesion in one of the nasal cavities, prompting the doctors to refer the patient to an ear, nose and throat department. While there, the patient described a history of nasal blockage and sinus infections. 

From there, the doctors discovered the cause of the pain, when they removed from his nose a “rubber capsule containing degenerate vegetable or plant matter.” After questioning the patient for details, the physicians learned that the “rubber

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