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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Apr;198(4):836-9. doi: 10.2214/AJR.11.6991.

Inadvertent ingestion of wire bristles from a grill cleaning brush: radiologic detection of unsuspected foreign bodies.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI 02903, USA. dgrand@lifespan.org



We report acute onset of either odynophagia or abdominal pain immediately after ingestion of grilled meat in six patients presenting between May 1, 2009, and November 18, 2010. In all six patients, radiologic studies revealed a linear metallic foreign body. Careful history revealed cleaning of the grill with a metallic brush immediately before cooking in all six cases.


Physicians should be aware of this potential hazard to facilitate accurate and timely diagnosis.

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