Swallowed Toothbrush in a Bulimic Adolescent
February 01, 2005
A 16-year-old girl of normal weight for height (body mass index, 21) was evaluated for a 6-month history of binge-purge cycles and amenorrhea. She met the diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa and began treatment that involved a multidisciplinary team. During the second month of therapy, the patient presented to the emergency department after she accidentally swallowed a toothbrush while trying to induce vomiting with the brush’s handle.