Toothbrush swallowing.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

We encountered four cases of toothbrush swallowing and reviewed the literature on this subject. A total of 31 toothbrushes within the gastrointestinal tract have been reported. None have passed spontaneously. Several have caused significant complications related to pressure necrosis, including gastritis, mucosal tears, and perforation. The recommended treatment is endoscopic retrieval and postoperative monitoring for 24 hours in case of esophageal or gastric injury.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kirk, AD; Bowers, BA; Moylan, JA; Meyers, WC

Published Date

  • March 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 123 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 382 - 384

PubMed ID

  • 3277591

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0004-0010

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400270122020


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States