Accidental ingestion of a dental instrument

Sankar, Nagamanickam Sai
October 1998
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Oct1998, Vol. 91 Issue 10, p538
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of accidental ingestion of a dental instrument in a 34-year old woman. The woman was taken to the dentist for the treatment of lower left molar tooth. After the end of drilling, curetting, and filling of the cavity with amalgam the tip for a 3 in 1 air and water syringe, measuring 12.7 cm was found missing. An X-ray of the abdomen showed a metal object in the stomach. So, the patient was referred to the general surgical team, who retrieved the object.


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