Dental brace wire found in woman’s bowel after 10 years
Discovery only made after two days of worsening stomach pain
A dental brace wire was found in a woman’s bowel after 10 years. It was only discovered after she was admitted to hospital following two days of worsening stomach pain, explain doctors in the online journal BMJ Case Reports.
A scan showed that the wire had pierced several parts of the small bowel, causing the intestine to twist around on itself—a condition known as a volvulus.
The 30 year old said that she had not worn a dental brace for a decade, and didn’t remember having swallowed the wire or having lost it.
The wire was surgically removed, and the woman made a full recovery with no further complications.
Case Report: Orthodontic braces come back to bite: a novel presentation of a small bowel volvulus
Journal: BMJ Case Reports
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