Marijuana smuggled in man’s nose and forgotten for 18 years turned to stone

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Nose pickers are often said to be digging for gold. But a
48-year-old Australian man needed an entirely different kind of
nugget mined from his schnoz.

Doctors excavated from the man’s right nasal cavity a 19mm×11
mm rock-hard mass—the calcified remains of a small amount of
marijuana he tried to smuggle into prison a startling 18 years
earlier.

The man’s
nose stone
—reported this month in the journal BMJ Case
Reports—is a rare example of illicit drugs causing a rhinolith,
which are rare on their own. Rhinoliths are stone-like concretions
formed by the gradual buildup of salts around things not normally
found in the nose. The term rhinolith comes from the Greek rhino
(meaning nose) and lithos (meaning stone). They’re estimated to
show up in 1 out of 10,000 outpatient visits to an ear, nose, and
throat doctor.

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Marijuana smuggled in man’s nose and forgotten for 18 years turned to stone