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A presented to the emergency department with a wooden stick lodged firmly in her right nares. No nasal discharge or neurological abnormalities were noted at presentation. After plain radiographs failed to demonstrate any evidence of a foreign body, computed tomography (CT scan) was obtained that revealed a hypodense region in the right frontal lobe corresponding to the projected tract of the branch. The patient underwent a right frontal craniotomy with debridement of her contused right frontal lobe. She was discharged 8 days postoperatively without evidence of neurologic sequelae. This case illustrates an unusual presentation of intracranial penetration, with only six similar cases found in the literature. It also highlights the need for the emergency physician to be concerned about intracranial penetration when treating intranasal foreign bodies, particularly those of the nonmetallic type. The literature is reviewed regarding transnasal intracranial penetration by wooden foreign bodies.
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Accepted: March 18, 1991
Received in revised form: March 7, 1991
Received: February 12, 1990
© 1992 Published by Elsevier Inc.