By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 10:09 BST, 16 April 2019 | Updated: 10:10 BST, 16 April 2019
A teenage girl had a 'foul-smelling' nasal stone removed from inside her nose that had been slowly growing for a decade.
Doctors revealed the girl, who has not been named, had been suffering from nasal discharge and bleeding for many years.
After X-rays and CT scans, it was eventually discovered that there was a strange webbed shape within her sinuses.
Inside her nose doctors found what is medically called a rhinolith, which slowly develops when deposits build up over a foreign object.
In the 15-year-old's case, a piece of mucus-covered rubber around 2cm-long was retrieved.
It had most likely got stuck in her nose as a child, the doctors in the United Arab Emirates said. However, the girl didn't have any recollection of putting it there.
A 15-year-old girl had a 'foul-smelling' nasal stone that had been slowly growing for over a decade caused by a small piece of rubber (left)
The rhinolith had to be removed with surgery by doctors from United Arab Emirates
Rhinoliths are rare, accounting for one in 10,000 patients who are treated at an ear, nose and throat unit, figures suggest.
The strange growth can often go misdiagnosed, the doctors, led by Dr Mohiyuddin Ali at Ain Alkhaleej