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Friday, January 29, 2010

Dentist Drills Patient, Leaves a Bit

A Florida woman began experiencing pain and nosebleeds following oral surgery in 2008. After repeated visits to the dentist who treated her, he allegedly dismissed her, perhaps believing she was looking for pain medication without warrant. However, once the poor girl began experiencing facial numbness, she went to the hospital. In an MRI chamber, the powerful magnets affected the high-speed drill bit that had been left in her head by the inept oral surgeon nearly a year earlier, moving it enough so that it became apparent to technicians. The woman was rushed to surgery and the drill bit was removed.

The bit was lodged in the woman's maxillary sinus cavity - that hole behind your nose and forehead - and was obviously the source of her discomfort. A suit against the dentist seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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