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Fracture of a Dental Needle during Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block in a Young Child: A Case Report

이한별 1 Min-Keun Kim 2 Howon Park 2 Hyunwoo Seo 2 LEE JU HYUN 2

1강릉원주대학교 치과대학 소아치과학교실 및 구강과학연구소
2강릉원주대학교

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ABSTRACT

The fracture of a needle during local anesthesia in dental treatment is rare; however, when it occurs, the needle should be removed without damage to surrounding structures as soon as possible. A fractured needle fragment that is buried in soft tissue would be difficult to remove, and a careful surgical procedure under general anesthesia is recommended in such cases. Children who require dental treatment are often not capable of cooperative behavior, thus unexpected movements can increase the risk of needle fracture. Clinicians can reduce the incidence of needle fracture accidents with a few precautions. In the present case report, we report a case of needle fracture due to abrupt movement during inferior alveolar nerve block anesthesia in a young child, with the purpose of drawing attention to needle fracture incidents. This report describes the possible causes and prevention methods of local anesthetic needle fracture, and the localization methods and surgical procedure for needle fragment removal.

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