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Dent. J. 2016, 4(3), 24; doi:10.3390/dj4030024

An Ingested Orthodontic Wire Fragment: A Case Report

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School of Oral and Dental Sciences, Bristol Dental Hospital, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK
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HSE Regional Orthodontic Department, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Barbara Cvikl
Received: 22 June 2016 / Revised: 27 July 2016 / Accepted: 27 July 2016 / Published: 1 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Management and Health Care in Pediatric Dentistry)
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Abstract

Accidental ingestion or inhalation of foreign bodies has been widely documented, including incidents which occur whilst undertaking dental treatment. Most ingested objects pass through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) spontaneously, but approximately 10%–20% need to be removed endoscopically and 1% require surgery. This case reports a complication arising from the accidental loss of an archwire fragment during maxillary archwire placement. It describes the immediate and subsequent management, including the use of radiographs to track the passage of the fragment through the gastro-intestinal tract. This case stresses the vigilance that dentists must take to prevent inhalation or ingestion of foreign bodies and the consequences of time-delays when management decisions are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: orthodontic; wire; fragment; ingested orthodontic; wire; fragment; ingested
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Puryer, J.; McNamara, C.; Sandy, J.; Ireland, T. An Ingested Orthodontic Wire Fragment: A Case Report. Dent. J. 2016, 4, 24.

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