January 8, 2020
The article in the British Medical Journal is entitled “Nose Out of Joint.”
It appears that a 48-year-old former prison inmate had been suffering from sinus infections, nasal congestion and headaches for years. Doctors treating the man performed a CT scan and discovered a rhinolith — a stone made of calcium — in his nasal cavity which, when surgically removed, was found to have formed around a small balloon with marijuana inside.
The patient then recalled that when he was in prison about 18 years earlier, his girlfriend had smuggled the balloon in during a visit, and he had inserted it into his nose to hide it. He mistakenly thought he’d swallowed it.
There’s a lesson there somewhere.