Navigation Links
Swallowed Toothpicks Can Lead to Big Trouble, Experts Warn

TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Accidentally swallowing a toothpick or other foreign object can cause serious health problems, such as blood poisoning (sepsis) or liver abscess.

Researchers reporting Sept. 11 in BMJ Case Reports said toothpicks, pins, nails or small bones that end up in the gut may not show up on conventional X-rays and often create vague symptoms, making detection difficult.

In one instance, a woman who accidentally swallowed a toothpick developed gut pain and fever, as well as nausea, vomiting and low blood pressure, they said. An ultrasound revealed the toothpick had lodged in her liver, causing an abscess and blood poisoning. The woman recovered after treatment with antibiotics and surgical removal of the toothpick from her liver.

Her case is one of more than 4,000 in a collection of international online reports, the researchers said.

Post-surgical oversights account for many of the cases. Surgeons leave a swab inside a patient's body in one of every 1,500 abdominal surgeries, the researchers said.

This situation, known as gossypiboma, affected one woman who underwent surgery for a prolapsed womb. A swab left inside her lodged near her rectum and changed her normal bowel habits. Ultimately, the swab was found during a CT scan and removed. Her symptoms disappeared.

"Swallowing foreign bodies is relatively common, particularly among children," the researchers said in a journal news release. Usually, they don't cause damage unless they create an obstruction or chemical burn, they said.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on swallowed and inhaled foreign objects.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: BMJ Journals, news release, Sept. 10, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. BBQ Danger: Wires From Grill Cleaners Swallowed in Food
2. Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says
3. Lights off? International experts call attention to dangers of exposure to light at night
4. Put Traffic Safety on Back-to-School To-Do List: Experts
5. Experts Offer Tips to Help Keep Fall Sports Injury Free
6. Experts recommend screening adults for hypertriglyceridemia every five years
7. Alzheimers experts from Penn Summit provide strategic roadmap to tackle the disease
8. Experts warn that e-cigarettes can damage the lungs
9. Snoring Kids Should Be Screened for Sleep Apnea: Experts
10. Add Hurricane Menu to Your Storm Prep, Experts Say
11. Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Swallowed Toothpicks Can Lead to Big Trouble, Experts Warn
(Date:11/27/2015)... Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... most effective ways to treat it. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the findings ... Researchers at University Hospital Zurich analyzed the cases of 136 mesothelioma patients who were ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... "When I was traveling, I was ... N.J. "Many people catch diseases simply from sitting on such dirty toilet seats. ... from germs." , He developed the patent-pending QUDRATECS to eliminate the need to ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... the November 27th edition of USA Today in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, ... of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of its members ... billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population - are ... of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle Li, Co-Founder ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Intellitec Solutions announced today ... Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s official group for end users of Dynamics SL ... users, partners, industry experts and representatives. Intellitec Solutions’ membership status demonstrates their ongoing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... PUNE, India , November ... --> ... / personal emergency response system ... grow steadily for 5 years ... growing region expected to see ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Netherlands , November 26, 2015 ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy ... Netherlands has found that immunotherapy can be ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced the addition ... 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing Awareness among ... offering. Boston scientific and ... and others. --> The market is dominated ... scientific and others. Asia ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: