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European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 272–274 | Cite as

Embedded toothbrush foreign body in cheek — report of an unusual case

  • R. SathishEmail author
  • S. Suhas
  • G. Gayathri
  • G. Ravikumar
  • L. Chandrashekar
  • T. L. Omprakash
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Toothbrush injuries are common in children, and those of impalement and embedded injuries are the more serious. CASE REPORT: A five-year-old girl presented with a complaint of a swelling affecting the left side of her face and with difficulty in opening her mouth for the previous 15 days. She gave a history of a fall while brushing her teeth. A foreign body (head of a toothbrush) located adjacent to the mandibular ramus was identified with the help of a CT scan. TREATMENT: The foreign body was located by surgical exploration and retrieved. An extra-oral sinus that was present was excised and the resulting defect was reconstructed using a Limberg flap. FOLLOW-UP: Healing was uneventful during the follow-up period. After 18 months the child’s mouth had completely healed although some extra-oral scarring was present. CONCLUSION: When dealing with children reporting for evaluation following trauma while tooth brushing, a thorough evaluation is essential for embedded foreign bodies.

Key words

child toothbrush embedded injury Limberg flap 

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© European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Sathish
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Suhas
    • 1
  • G. Gayathri
    • 2
  • G. Ravikumar
    • 1
  • L. Chandrashekar
    • 1
  • T. L. Omprakash
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgerySri Siddhartha Dental CollegeAgalkote, TumkurIndia
  2. 2.Oral Medicine and RadiologySri Siddhartha Dental CollegeTumkurIndia

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