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An ingested toothbrush.
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PMID:  21714340     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Toothbrush ingestion is rare and most cases are seen in anorexic or bilumic young women or associated with mental retardation or schizophrenia. We report a case of accidental swallowing of a toothbrush in a man with no such background psychiatric disorder. The toothbrush was impacted in the duodenum and could not be removed endoscopically. It was removed via a laparotomy and the patient made an uneventful recovery. The pathophysiology, presentation and various techniques reported for endoscopic removal have been reviewed. If endoscopic removal is not possible the toothbrush must be removed by operation, as spontaneous passage is unknown.
Arun Murari; Saia Piukala
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacific health dialog     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1015-7867     ISO Abbreviation:  Pac Health Dialog     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434923     Medline TA:  Pac Health Dialog     Country:  New Zealand    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Lautoka Hospital, Fiji.
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