Ingested toothbrush

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Very minty breath

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Chest and abdominal x-rays

Chest and abdominal x-rays demonstrate the outline of a plastic toothbrush within the stomach. The bristles are radio-opaque. No pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum or halitosis identified. 

Case Discussion

All the request card says is "swallowed tooshbrush today", leaving us to fill in the back-story. Personally I am struggling to come up with a reasonable scenario... 

Case courtesy of Dr Diana Tran (who reported the x-ray, not swallowed the toothbrush) and Dr Siddharth Sood.

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Case information

rID: 16415
Published: 16th Jan 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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