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Nasal stent

Say goodbye to stuffy.
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Expandable metal stents are a rapidly evolving medical technology. These devices are elegant metal cages which fit in into thin plastic tubes. Once in place, they are expanded into cylinders by means of a balloon inside. The balloon is removed, leaving the stent in place. Expandable stents were developed to hold open clog-prone heart vessels, but now are also used for colons and esophaguseses. Amazingly, these stents can remain in place for years, and apparently do not cause much irritation or infection.

I propose that a stent be developed for stuffy noses. When your nose is stuffy, the swollen, inflamed mucosa blocks the passage. Blowing removes mucus, but the tissue stays. Your options are drugs, which make you feel weird, or to suffer. A plastic coated guide tube could be run thru the stuffy nostril and a stent deployed. It would hold the nasal passage open. Secretions would be easily cleared, no longer hanging up in tight tissues. When the cold was over, the mucosa would shrink, and the stent would either be removed or swallowed with the mucus to pass harmlessly in stool. People with chronically blocked noses would just get to leave the stent in place indefinitely, as heart patients do with their stents. All peoples would breathe free!

bungston, Jul 30 2003

More on use of stents. http://www.sulzerme...rnal/2001_01_01.pdf
Can't believe this nasal use isnt baked! [bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

You seem a little stents. www.ntu.edu.sg/sme/...01%20-% 20Subbu.ppt
[bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Breathe Right strips http://www.breatheright.com/
An alternate solution to the problem that is widely baked. [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

Sense of smell http://scifun.chem....Odors/chemorec.html
<gratuitous joke> My dog's got no nose! How does he smell? Awful! </gratuitous joke> [hazel, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

You seem a little stents. www.ntu.edu.sg/sme/...s 01 -020Subbu.ppt
[bungston, Oct 06 2004]


       Just don't bother packing any of these if you travel to France.
DeathNinja, Jul 30 2003

       sp: esophagi.   

       How would you propose easily swallowing a plastic guide tube that was once in place in the nasal cavity?
Cedar Park, Jul 30 2003

       [Cedar] - spoonful of sugar? [foggy] - not sure if it was the surgery, sutures or plastic that required killing of pain. These things should not be too painful, I hope.
bungston, Jul 30 2003

       I first read this idea as "Nasal Stunt". (the mind reels)
Cedar Park, Jul 31 2003

       Sometimes the mind reeks.
snarfyguy, Jul 31 2003

       Would the surface of the stent that was pressed against the inner walls of your nose interfere with your sense of smell?
krelnik, Jul 31 2003

       The olfactory receptors are actually located at the very top of the nose, in an area known as the olfactory epithelium, located almost between the eyes [link]. Therefore in theory if the stent is located lower down it shouldn't affect olfaction. However, it's going to mess around with air flows and this is also crucial for carrying the flavour molecules to the receptors.
hazel, Jul 31 2003

       Gee, metal rods in my nostrils sounds much more comfortable than a stuffy nose.
grip, Jul 31 2003

       (have a fairly large metal structure)//pass harmlessly in stool// Ouch.
Worldgineer, Jul 31 2003


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