SALT LAKE CITY — An e-cigarette exploded in a 17-year-old boy's mouth, knocking out teeth and damaging his jaw, according to a medical journal.

The article published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine was written by two doctors at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The article said the boy had a "circular puncture to the chin, extensive lacerations in his mouth, multiple disrupted lower incisors and bony incongruity of the left mandible."

The patient recovered well, the medical journal said.

The Washington Post said one of the doctors who operated on the boy said the injury looked “kind of like a close-range gunshot wound.” 

The boy was given the e-cigarette by his mother because he thought it would help him quit smoking, the Post said.

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