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Wire from dental braces removed from woman's bowel after ten years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Doctors in Australia had to surgically remove dental wire from a woman's intestine ten years after she swallowed it.

In an article published in the medical journal BMJ, Doctors say the 30-year-old woman went to the emergency room complaining of cramping and severe abdominal pain. She was treated and released. 

But the woman returned two-days later in extreme pain. A C-T scan revealed something had punctured several places in her intestine.

Surgeons discovered a seven-centimeter piece of wire had perforated her bowl.  She hadn't worn braces on her teeth for 10 years, but the wire apparently came from her braces.

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