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Accidentally lodged airgun pellet in maxilla during childhood play retrieved surgically after a decade
  1. Monika Gupta1,
  2. Yajas Kumar2,
  3. Aliza Rizvi2 and
  4. Harshita Vig2
  1. 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research, Ambala, Haryana, India
  2. 2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, Haryana, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Monika Gupta; monikabox{at}


Non-powder firearm-related injuries to the head and neck carry the potential risk of significant morbidity and mortality. Such penetrating injuries tend to be under-reported and trivialised especially in children. Air gun pellet injury may cause damage to both soft tissue and bone. Some metals, when embedded in body tissue, can evoke a foreign body reaction or release toxins over time. It therefore becomes imperative to retrieve these pellets. We present one such case of accidental lodgement of airgun pellet in the right maxilla of a 12-year-old boy during childhood play with an airgun which went unnoticed at that time and was surgically retrieved after a decade. The patient had not suffered from any neurosensory deficit.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors MG was the operating surgeon. MG handled study design and concept. MG and HV handled the manuscript preparation. MG and YK involved in manuscript editing. MG and AR incharge of manuscript review. All authors read and approved the final version of this manuscript and equally contributed to its content.

  • 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.

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

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