Toothbrush Removed from Woman’s Stomach without Surgery in Meghalaya


Aiyushman Dutta
GUWAHATI, Feb 10: A rare and unheard case was recorded in Shillong where a woman in her 50s allegedly swallowed an entire toothbrush while brushing. The toothbrush was removed from her stomach without a surgery.

The weird case came into light when the patient was referred to Dr. Issac Syiem, a senior surgeon the Shillong Civil Hospital last month on January 25 by Dr. Syiem.

According to source, the patient did not felt any pain nor was uncomfortable even when the toothbrush was inside her. The object was finally sighted inside the patient’s stomach after she was suggested to undergo endoscopy.

“We used an endoscope, hooked the object and successfully pulled the brush out through her mouth. No surgery was needed in the process,” the doctor told. The patient was kept under observation for a few hours and was discharged on the same day on January 28. “Even though there was no discomfort, the situation could have turned life threatening had she not been brought in for medical aid,” the doctor added.

This was the first time that this kind of rare and unheard case was recorded in Meghalaya.