Tx and Followup:
She confirmed chewing and swallowing TridentÂ® Cinnamon flavor during the scan. (see Discussion) No treatment was necessary.
The patient was questioned regarding food, pills, and other potential foreign bodies. She reported chewing gum while in the CT scanner and she swallowed her gum during the scan. The gum was TridentÂ® Cinnamon flavor.
Foreign bodies have the potential for diagnostic confusion. Chewing gum in particular is not frequently thought of when an irregular heterogeneously mass of calcium density is identified. Chewing gum has been reported simulating abdominal calcifications, bezoars, and tumors. Intraoral chewing gum on CT has been described previously1. With a comparison of various brands of gum and their associated hounsfeld units. The densest flavor was cinnamon flavor TridentÂ®, with a reported Hounsfield units of 418. 
1. Towbin, A (2008) The CT appearance of intraoral chewing gum; Pediatric Radiology 38:1350-1352
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