CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 465-467

Unusual case of inhaled metallic dental bur during dental procedure in a healthy adult


1 Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. W M Hajjar
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. BOX 7805, Riyadh 11472
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.177324

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Bronchial foreign body aspiration (BFBA) is not a rare incident in children. It can be managed successfully with flexible bronchoscopy in most of the cases, except for some cases, which require rigid bronchoscopy or even surgical intervention such as thoracotomy. Here, we report an unusual case of BFBA of metallic dental bur in a healthy 24-year-old dental nurse assistant, who was herself undergoing a dental procedure to remove dental caries, and suddenly the foreign body which was “diamond metallic dental bur” has slipped into her mouth and was aspirated to the bronchial tree. It was successfully removed 5 days after the incident using rigid and fiberoptic bronchoscopy with full recovery.


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