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Dental brace wire found in woman’s bowel after 10 years

Dental brace wire found in woman’s bowel after 10 years

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
doi: 10.1136/bcr-2017-221152
Journal: BMJ Case Reports

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