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A New Positive-Pressure Device for Nasal Foreign Body Removal

de la O-Cavazos, Manuel MD, PhD*; Ríos-Solís, Josué MD*; Montes-Tapia, Fernando MD, PhD*; Elizondo-Omaña, Rodrigo MD, PhD; Cantu-Moreno, Daniel MD*; Treviño-Garza, Consuelo MD, PhD*; Rodriguez-Balderrama, Isaias MD, PhD*

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000062
Original Articles

Objectives Nasal foreign bodies (FBs) are common causes of pediatric emergency consultations. The different methods for removing nasal FBs have varying levels of efficacy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new device for nasal FB removal in children.

Methods A nasal occlusion device that uses modulated positive pressure to remove FBs was evaluated in a series of 18 patients ranging in age from 1 to 8 years diagnosed with a nasal FB during a period of 7 months.

Results The device successfully removed FBs in 17 (94.4%) of the 18 patients. In 12 of the cases (66.7%), the FB was removed during the first attempt. None of the patients had complications or sequelae at the time of removal or at the follow-up visit.

Conclusions The nasal occlusion device used in this study was found to be a promising, safe, effective, and easy to use tool for FB removal in a pediatric emergency room setting.

From the *Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José E. González,” and †Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Fernando Montes-Tapia, MD, PhD, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Av. Madero y Gonzalitos s/n, Colonia, Mitras, Centro, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México CP 64460 (e-mail:

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