Staple lodges in man’s face after a teeth cleaning exercise goes wrong: case report

Doctors initially failed to see the item and a month later the patient returned with intermittent pain but no 'telltale' inflammation.
Sagittal view of CT showing the staple in the submandibular gland. Photo: BMJ.

ENT surgeons have highlighted the challenges of diagnosing foreign bodies retained in the oral cavity, after a young man lost track of a staple he had used to clean his teeth. 

The 2cm-long staple was eventually extracted from the patient’s submandibular gland a month after it got accidentally lodged, according to a case report.