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  • Impact Factor: 1.809**
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  • ISSN: 2474-1655
  • DOI: 10.25107/2474-1655
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  •  Chemotherapy
  •  Tuberculosis
  •  Surgery Cases
  •  Gastroenterology
  •  Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
  •  Infectious Disease
  •  Cardiac Surgery
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Citation: Ann Clin Case Rep. 2016;1(1):1072.DOI: 10.25107/2474-1655.1072

Nasal Cavity and Laryngopharyngeal Erosion Secondary to Intranasal Pain Medication Abuse: A Case Report

Baker A, Oberman BS, Warrick J and Andrews G

Department of Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University, USA College of Medicine, USA
Department of Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

*Correspondance to: Genevieve Andrews 

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Objectives: Intranasal abuse of prescription medications is well documented; however, few reports of intranasal acetaminophen abuse exist. We characterize the presentation and manifestations of intranasal acetaminophen abuse in order to expedite diagnosis and treatment.Methods: We present a case of a 20-year-old female presented with 6 months of pain, pharyngitis, hoarseness, and odynophagia secondary to intranasal acetaminophen inhalation, which was initially treated for sinusitis.Results: Initial examination showed erosion of nasal, nasopharyngeal, and oropharyngeal structures resulting from her acetaminophen inhalation. Treatment included debridement of necrotic tissues and debris, as well as long-term antimicrobials. In follow-up, there was stenosis of supraglottic structures.Conclusions: Intranasal acetaminophen abuse can present with signs and symptoms similar to pharyngitis or sinusitis, with visible crushed pill material. Long-term abuse can lead to the erosion of upper aerodigestive tract structures.


Cite the Article:

Baker A, Oberman BS, Warrick J, Andrews G. Nasal Cavity and Laryngopharyngeal Erosion Secondary to Intranasal Pain Medication Abuse: A Case Report. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2016; 1: 1072.

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