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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 352671, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/352671
Case Report

Foreign Body Induced Neuralgia: A Diagnostic Challenge

Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, No. 82, EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore 560 066, India

Received 4 March 2013; Accepted 5 May 2013

Academic Editors: T. Lombardi, P. Lopez Jornet, and M. W. Roberts

Copyright © 2013 S. Padmashree et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Neuropathic pain is caused by neural injury or painful states associated with either peripheral or central nerve injury. One of the aetiologies of this type of pain is iatrogenic trauma. This case highlights the features of peripheral neuropathic pain caused by foreign body left in the mental foramen following a previous surgical procedure. The foreign body was detected on routine radiographic evaluation. Once the foreign body was removed by surgical intervention, the pain resolved. This stresses the importance of routine radiographic evaluation in proper diagnosis and treatment planning in the management of neuropathic pain. This paper also sheds light on the role of iatrogenic mechanical cause of peripheral neuropathic pain and warrants a tough degree of caution on the part of oral clinicians.