The swallowed toothbrush: a radiographic clue of bulimia

M M Riddlesberger, H L Cohen, P L Glick
Pediatric Radiology 1991, 21 (4): 262-4
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.

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