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Delhi man swallows toothbrush during cleaning mouth, gets relief at AIIMS

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New Delhi, India: In an interesting turn of events, a 36-year old resident of Delhi accidentally swallowed a 12-cm-long  toothbrush while cleaning his throat on a quacks’ advice, which was later removed by AIIMS doctors from the man’s abdomen.

The patient named Avid, living in Seemapuri, Delhi, had swallowed the toothbrush on December 8 while trying to clean his throat thoroughly. He was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital the next day when he complained of a stomachache.

Even in the hospital, Avid did not tell doctors about swallowing the toothbrush. He revealed of accidentally swallowing the toothbrush only after a CT scan in his abdomen revealed a foreign object in his body.

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He was then referred to AIIMS for an endoscopy. Doctors there found that the toothbrush was still stuck in Avid’s abdomen without having ruptured or perforated his internal organs. The 12-cm-long toothbrush was removed from Avid’s upper abdomen on December 10 by performing an endoscopy.

Avid was discharged the same day and is doing fine.

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Dr. Praveen Aggarwal, head of the department of emergency medicine at AIIMS, urges people to be careful while cleaning their tongue with a brush.  “Often while cleaning the tongue, people have a tendency to put the toothbrush deep into the throat to clean it better. A better option would be to do it with a tongue cleaner,” he said.

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  1. Case should be referred to regulatory authorities who approve such Toothbrushes whose design incorporates the area behind the bristles area indicating that it can be used for tongue cleaning.

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