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Retrieval of foreign body from maxillary sinus through extraction socket
  1. Anuj Dadhich1,
  2. Harish Saluja2,
  3. Seemit Shah1 and
  4. Kumar Nilesh3
  1. 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2OMFS, Pravara Rural Dental College, Ahmednagar, Mahashtra, India
  3. 3Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kumar Nilesh; drkumarnilesh{at}


Dry socket or alveolar osteitis is one of the most common complication following tooth extraction. Patients usually reports of pain, which typically starts on third or fourth postoperative day and responds to simple irrigation and placement of zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) pack, which provides an obtundent effect. The pack should be loosely kept in the extraction socket and should be changed periodically to allow healing. This report presents a case of retrieval of foreign body, which actually was a ZOE pack from maxillary sinus, 6 months after the patient underwent extraction of upper left maxillary first molar.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors AD and HS were involved in patient management, while SS and KN were involved in manuscript drafting and final correction.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.