The swallowed toothbrush: A radiographic clue of bulimia

M. M. Riddlesberger, H. L. Cohen, P. L. Glick

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Swallowed toothbrushes were noted in the esophagus of one teenager and the stomach of two others with bulimia. The presence of a toothbrush in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract should make the radiologist suspicious of bulimia/anorexia nervosa. A toothbrush shows a characteristic radiographic image with parallel rows of short metallic radiodensities due to the metallic plates that hold the bristles in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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