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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 276-279

Unusual foreign body of skull base by a penetrating injury of oropharynx

1 Department of ENT, Narayana Medical College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Narayana Medical College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Ramakrishna Tirumalabukkapatnam
Department of ENT, Narayana Medical College, Nellore - 524 002, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.146651

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Brushing of teeth has become an integral part of our daily routine and is regarded as very safe even in children. Tooth brush is made up of relatively pliable material and has a smooth surface and round corners and is designed in such a way that it should not harm the delicate tissues of the oral cavity. Keeping the toothbrush in the mouth and doing other works with both arms may lead to injury of the oral tissues. Toothbrush injury has been reported in children who have slipped and fallen down with the tooth brush inside their mouth. Very rarely, it occurs in adults with the belief that the adults will be careful, while brushing their teeth. It is rare to see a penetrating injury in the oral cavity with a tooth brush. It is much rarer to see such penetrating foreign body going through neck spaces that too within the vicinity of great vessels. Here is a case wherein a penetrating injury of the oropharynx and neck spaces by a tooth brush has been encountered and is being reported for its rarity.

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