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Filler Christmas 2012: Research

The tooth fairy and malpractice

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e3027
  1. Sian Ludman, paediatric allergy registrar,1,
  2. Hamid Daya, consultant paediatric ENT surgeon2,
  3. Polly S Richards, consultant radiologist3,
  4. Adam Fox, consultant paediatric allergist1
  1. 1The Children’s Allergy Service, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK
  2. 2St George’s Hospital, London SW17 0QT
  3. 3Barts and The London NHS Trust, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St Batholomew’s Hospital, London EC1A 7BE
  1. Correspondence to: A Fox Adam_fox{at}

We are concerned that the actions of the mythical character at the root of this report must be brought to the attention of the medical community, as it seems to represent the first signs of a worrying new trend in malpractice.1 2 Previous anecdotal evidence suggests the tooth fairy is benevolent, but this opinion may need revising in light of mounting reports of less child-friendly activity.

An 8 year old boy was referred to a specialist allergy clinic with a history of profuse mucopurulent rhinorrhoea. After a failure of first line medical treatment, computed tomography of the sinuses was …

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