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European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 123–126 | Cite as

Accidental ingestion of a dental irrigation needle: a case report

  • H. Y. Asmarz
  • C. A. M. Benfati
  • M. BolanEmail author
Case Report
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Abstract

Background

Providing patient’s safety during dental treatment procedures is mandatory. One of the preventable issues in dental treatments is foreign body ingestion or aspiration. Despite the rarely occurrence, these accidents could not be ignored due to high potential adverse consequences.

Case report

This case represents a rare incidence of an accidental ingestion of a curved irrigation needle by a 5-year-old boy in root canal treatment. Patient monitoring with chest and abdomen radiographs was done till, on the third day, the needle expelled uneventfully without surgical intervention.

Conclusion

Since most of dental treatments require small and sharp instruments, following the preventive and standard protocols is strictly recommended. In the case of accident, oral health care professionals should be aware of how to manage life-threatening situations.

Keywords

Foreign body Patient safety Needle Irrigation 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from the individual participant included in this case report to use his radiographs as documents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dentistry DepartmentFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianopolisBrazil
  2. 2.Dentistry DepartmentFederal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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