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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-69

Retrieval of foreign body from a postoperative defect in the mandible during the follow-up period: A bizarre occurrence

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Harish M C Saluja
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rural Dental College, Loni, Tel.Rahata, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.140182

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Though reported cases of foreign bodies left intraoperatively in the oral cavity are very few, there is no case mentioned in the literature where foreign body was left behind during follow-up visits. Here, we present an operated case of unicystic ameloblastoma of mandibular ramus region, in which a needle hub was left at the operated site (cavity created because of wound dehiscence) during some of the follow-up visits, which was detected accidently by radiograph and later on retrieved. The case reported was because of negligence of trainee surgeons, might be because of overburden or because of minimal interest in these repeated follow ups. But, a trainee should understand that their work also has similar importance as that of surgeon's work.

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