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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 485762, 4 pages
Case Report

A Broken Toothbrush in the Retropharyngeal Space in a Toddler of Sixteen Months

1Department of Otolaryngology, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal 700014, India
2Department of General Emergency, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073, India

Received 24 February 2015; Accepted 16 April 2015

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2015 Saileswar Goswami and Choitali Goswami. 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.


A toddler of sixteen months fell while brushing his teeth and his mouth hit the ground. The toothbrush broke and one-third of it including the head got impacted in his throat. The attempt of his mother to remove it with her fingers further complicated the case and the toothbrush was ultimately lodged in the retropharyngeal space at the level from C1 to C5 vertebrae. It was strongly impacted due to the presence of the bristles. The broken end of the handle was just protruding into the nasopharynx and was very difficult to locate. The first attempt of its removal was unsuccessful. The toothbrush was removed safely in the second attempt without any complication.