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GE-Portuguese Journal of Gastroenterology

versão impressa ISSN 2341-4545


COTRIM, Joana et al. Accidental Ingestion of Dentistry Material: Report of Cases and Challenges from the Pediatrician Point of View. GE Port J Gastroenterol [online]. 2015, vol.22, n.1, pp.28-31. ISSN 2341-4545.

Introduction: Aspiration or ingestion of foreign bodies may occur during dental procedures. Diagnosis and management of these accidents is sometimes challenging. The authors present a small series of clinical cases: Case 1: Adolescent observed due to suspected accidental bracket ingestion, not visible on x-ray, removed by upper digestive endoscopy. Case 2: Adolescent observed after accidental ingestion of a dental file. Conflicting results in image exams and absence of object progression led to enteroscopy for extraction. Case 3: Adolescent observed due to accidental ingestion of a surgical blade, visualized on image study but not accessible by endoscopy, resulting in latter spontaneous elimination. Discussion: Image study is frequently useful when metallic object ingestion is suspected, but has some limitations. In some cases, mucosal protections must be used during removal procedures. Prevention of such accidents is the best approach, using appropriate protections to secure airway and digestive tract during dental procedures.

Palavras-chave : Dental Care; Endoscopy; Foreign Bodies; Gastrointestinal Tract.

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