Woman has swallowed braces wire surgically removed 10 years later

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 06:40PM
Woman has swallowed braces wire surgically removed 10 years later: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on August 8, 2017.


Doctors in Australia had to surgically remove dental wire from a woman's small intestine 10 years after she unknowingly swallowed it.

A 30-year-old woman came to an emergency room complaining of severe abdominal pain.

After several episodes, they did a CT scan and noticed a 3-inch long object in her large intestine.

They removed it surgically and discovered it was a wire from the braces she'd had on her teeth more than a decade ago.

The woman has recovered. She says neither she nor her orthodontist ever noticed a wire was missing.

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