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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 664-666
Accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file into the dentist's thumb


1 Department of Periodontology, Yogita Dental College and Hospital, Khed, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Subraj Shetty
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, School of Dentistry, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.199595

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Separation of the endodontic instrument within the root canal system and sharp injuries to the dentist is not an uncommon event in endodontic practice. Although root canal instruments can fracture at any stage of endodontic treatment, its fracture within the dentist's hand is a very rare event. An unusual case of accidental separation and lodgment of rotary endodontic file in the dentist's thumb is presented along with its management. A 33-year-old dentist reported with an accidental lodgment of rotary endodontic file into his thumb. The fractured instrument was removed successfully by a surgeon. The present case describes a rare event of occupational risk in endodontic practice.


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