WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Doctors in a hospital in Sydney, Australia pulled out a bag of marijuana from a man’s nostril shortly after the man was admitted for headaches.
- A CT scan revealed a hard gray mass in the patient’s nostril, which had caused the man to experience recurrent nasal infections.
- It turned out that the gray mass was a rubber balloon full of weed, which the man had smuggled in prison eighteen years ago.
A small amount of marijuana encased in a balloon was pulled out from a man’s nose by doctors in a hospital in Australia. Unbelievably, the drugs had nestled in his nose for 18 years.
According to an Oct. 25 published report in the journal BMJ Case Reports, a CT scan result of a 48-year-old man who came to the Westmead Hospital in Sydney after complaining of headaches, showed a hard gray mass in his right nasal cavity. After further questioning, the man said he noticed an obstruction in his nostril after suffering recurrent nasal infections.
The mass is called a “rhinolith” or ‘nose stone’, which are mineralized foreign bodies in the nasal cavity. When the doctors removed the obstruction from the man’s nostril, they discovered a “rubber capsule containing degenerate vegetable/plant matter,” which in doctor-speak means a ‘balloon full of weed’.
Finally, the man told the full story. While he was incarcerated eighteen years earlier, a visiting girlfriend sneaked the man a bit of marijuana packed in a balloon. To hide the contraband from the prison guards, the man inserted the package into his nose accidentally pushing it deeper into his nostril, leading him to think that he may have swallowed it.
For 18 years, the balloon in the man’s nose went undetected until the CT scan finally revealed its presence. While the doctors believed that it’s likely that the structure was kept intact from the minerals covering the balloon, they did not hypothesize what might have happened of the drug parcel had ruptured.
“To the best of our knowledge, our case represents the first report of a prison-acquired marijuana-based rhinolith,” wrote the doctors in the report.
While they believe that most drug smuggling involves ingesting the drug and later passing it through their gastrointestinal tract, hiding weed in the nasal cavity is relatively rare.
Source: Live Science