Foreign Body Mimicking an Oral Pathology
Pierantonio Bellini, Attilio Carlo Salgarelli, Sara Barberini and Sara Negrello
World Journal of Medical and Surgical Case Reports 2015, 4:6
Foreign bodies’ adherence to the hard palate is unusual and can mimic an oral pathology. The diagnosis of this foreign body is challenging: it is based on an amnestic history, unspecific or absent symptoms and oral examination. The oral examination could be difficult when dealing with paediatric patients. Imaging techniques may mislead and so an exam under anaesthesia is often necessary to make the proper diagnosis. We report a case of 2 years-old male child referred to our attention for a strange lesion on the hard palate. After poorly significant MRI, we were unable to perform an oral examination and a general anaesthesia procedure was performed. A small translucent mass that turned out to be a piece of plastic adherent to the hard palate, was removed.