Published: 2020-04-21

Accidental aspiration of endodontic file: a dreaded but a preventable complication

Pranav Ish, Vidushi Rathi, Imran Khan, Khushboo Khan, Shubham Datta


Accidental ingestion of dental objects has been reported previously in literature. Accidental aspiration of a dental object is however uncommon.  The affected patient may exhibit varying range of symptoms depending on location, type, shape and size of the foreign body swallowed/aspirated.  We report a case about successful retrieval of an aspirated endodontic file with special focus on risk factors, prevention and management of these iatrogenic complications.


Aspiration, Endodontic file, Haemoptysis

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