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A case of pharyngeal injury in a patient with swallowed toothbrush: a case report.

Kim YH, Cho SI, Do NY, Park JH - BMC Res Notes (2014)

Bottom Line: One commonly found foreign body is a fish bone, ingested in most cases by carelessness or an accident.A 44-year-old Asian male visited the emergency room with chief complaints of intraoral pain and dysphagia that had started on the same day.The case with this patient, and a rapid diagnosis as well as treatment is imperative.

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Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery, Chosun University, 365 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwanju 501-717, South Korea. entjh28@chosun.ac.kr.

ABSTRACT

Background: Otolaryngologists encounter cases of various foreign bodies in the oral and pharyngeal regions. One commonly found foreign body is a fish bone, ingested in most cases by carelessness or an accident. These foreign materials are removed by endoscopy or through a simple procedure. However, hypopharyngeal damage is rarely caused by a foreign body in the pharynx following the swallowing of a toothbrush.

Case presentation: A 44-year-old Asian male visited the emergency room with chief complaints of intraoral pain and dysphagia that had started on the same day. The patient had paranoid-type schizophrenia that began 10 years ago; he had been hospitalized and was being treated at another clinic, and was transferred to the emergency room by the medical staff after swallowing a toothbrush. We successfully removed a toothbrush located within the pharynx of a patient with a history of a psychologic disorder via surgery and conservative treatment.

Conclusion: The case with this patient, and a rapid diagnosis as well as treatment is imperative. The presence and state of a foreign body must be determined through a careful physical examination and imaging, followed by the immediate removal of the foreign body, all while keeping in mind the possibility of accompanying damage to nearby tissues.

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At the oropharynx, part of the toothbrush handle is observed.
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Fig4: At the oropharynx, part of the toothbrush handle is observed.

Mentions: An intraoral approach employing nasotracheal tube insertion under general anesthesia was used. The exposed part of the toothbrush was cut with an electric surgical saw. Following the removal of the two separate parts, the uvular laceration was sutured and the surgery was completed (FiguresĀ 4 and 5).Figure 2


A case of pharyngeal injury in a patient with swallowed toothbrush: a case report.

Kim YH, Cho SI, Do NY, Park JH - BMC Res Notes (2014)

At the oropharynx, part of the toothbrush handle is observed.
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Fig4: At the oropharynx, part of the toothbrush handle is observed.
Mentions: An intraoral approach employing nasotracheal tube insertion under general anesthesia was used. The exposed part of the toothbrush was cut with an electric surgical saw. Following the removal of the two separate parts, the uvular laceration was sutured and the surgery was completed (FiguresĀ 4 and 5).Figure 2

Bottom Line: One commonly found foreign body is a fish bone, ingested in most cases by carelessness or an accident.A 44-year-old Asian male visited the emergency room with chief complaints of intraoral pain and dysphagia that had started on the same day.The case with this patient, and a rapid diagnosis as well as treatment is imperative.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery, Chosun University, 365 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwanju 501-717, South Korea. entjh28@chosun.ac.kr.

ABSTRACT

Background: Otolaryngologists encounter cases of various foreign bodies in the oral and pharyngeal regions. One commonly found foreign body is a fish bone, ingested in most cases by carelessness or an accident. These foreign materials are removed by endoscopy or through a simple procedure. However, hypopharyngeal damage is rarely caused by a foreign body in the pharynx following the swallowing of a toothbrush.

Case presentation: A 44-year-old Asian male visited the emergency room with chief complaints of intraoral pain and dysphagia that had started on the same day. The patient had paranoid-type schizophrenia that began 10 years ago; he had been hospitalized and was being treated at another clinic, and was transferred to the emergency room by the medical staff after swallowing a toothbrush. We successfully removed a toothbrush located within the pharynx of a patient with a history of a psychologic disorder via surgery and conservative treatment.

Conclusion: The case with this patient, and a rapid diagnosis as well as treatment is imperative. The presence and state of a foreign body must be determined through a careful physical examination and imaging, followed by the immediate removal of the foreign body, all while keeping in mind the possibility of accompanying damage to nearby tissues.

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Related in: MedlinePlus