The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

(RF) Otorhinolaryngology

Swallowed nasal pack: a rare but serious complication of the management of epistaxis

S. M. Hashmi FRCS a1, S. R. Gopaul MBBS a1, P. R. Prinsley FRCS a1 and J. R. Sansom FRCS a2
a1 Department of Otolaryngology, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, UK.
a2 Department of Surgery, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, UK.

Article author query
hashmi sm   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
gopaul sr   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
prinsley pr   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
sansom jr   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


Packing of the nose with a suitable material remains a popular method of treating epistaxis. The authors report a serious complication of a new design of nasal pack; Rapid Rhino®, which was swallowed during the treatment of a patient with epistaxis, resulting in bowel perforation.

Key Words: Epistaxis; Prostheses And Implants; Intestinal Perforation.