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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 630-632

Foreign bodies in the oral and maxillofacial region: Report of two cases


1 Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chhattisgarh Dental College and Research Institute Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Postgraduate Student, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chhattisgarh Dental College and Research Institute Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chhattisgarh Dental College and Research Institute Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Anil Ghom
Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chhattisgarh Dental College and Research Institute, Sundra, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1238

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Foreign bodies are often encountered by oral and maxillofacial radiologists and may present a diagnostic challenge to the oral physician due to many factors, such as the size of the object, the difficult access, and a close anatomic relationship of the foreign body to vital structures. Foreign bodies in orofacial region are usually the result of injuries or operations or iatrogenic procedure. Fragments of broken instruments can be left behind or in some cases entire teeth or their fragments can be displaced during extraction. Foreign bodies like air gun pellets may also get lodged in the jaw bones, paranasal sinuses or in the soft tissue due to accidental injury. This article, reports two cases of foreign bodies, i.e. suture needle which is kept after operation of cleft palate, air gun pallet injury occur in childhood. Foreign body injuries in the maxillofacial region should be properly diagnosed using radiographs, for its proper surgical retrieval to prevent complications.


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