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