Eur J Plast Surg (2005) 27: 397–398 DOI 10.1007/s00238-005-0717-3 LETTER TO THE EDITOR George Alexander Æ Rameshwar L Bang Imad Al Najadah An unusual injury and partially-embedded foreign body mimicking a cleft palate in an infant Received: 3 August 2004 / Accepted: 9 November 2004 / Published online: 16 March 2005 Springer-Verlag 2005 Dear Sir, oral injuries in children are a frequent occur- and retained foreign bodies may lead to complications rence, as children have a tendency to ‘taste’ diﬀerent ob- such as bleeding, infection, ﬁstula formation or frac- jects instinctively. Though palatal injuries are common, tures. Grieve et al.  described a 3-year-old child with a foreign bodies in the hard palate are rare occurrences, seemingly trivial injury in the soft palate, who went on with less than twenty cases reported in the literature . to develop a parotid sinus because of a retained foreign We report a child with a piece of plastic embedded in the body . In one study, nutshells were the most frequent hard palate, in light of the unusual nature of presentation foreign body and most of these were removed without and possible long-term consequences. ‘BA’, a 1-year-old general anesthesia . In our
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