Nasal Foreign Body, an Unanticipated Complication of COVID-19 Care: A Case Report

Michael T. Wyman, John Symms, Chad Viscusi

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Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the way we practice medicine. Standards of care are evolving in an effort to diagnose, manage, and treat the cause of this global pandemic, as well as to protect the health care workforce. These practices can have unexpected and potentially dangerous consequences, particularly for patient populations with confounding factors that put them at increased risk for complications and poor outcomes. Case Report: A 52-year-old previously healthy woman presented with 4 days of nasal pain and discharge after using a home collection kit in an attempt to obtain a nasopharyngeal viral sample for COVID-19 testing. Why Should an Emergency Physician Be Aware of This?: With treatments, policies, and procedures that are rapidly evolving and often deviating from established, evidence-based, usual care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency physicians must be cognizant of and monitor for poor outcomes and potential downstream complications, especially in underserved patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e141-e145
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • nasal foreign body
  • rhinoscopy
  • unexpected complication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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