Missing dentures found stuck in throat 8 days after surgery

Maricruz Casares
Agosto 13, 2019

The 72-year-old married electrician underwent an operation to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth earlier this year.

Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem, which was revealed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal on Monday. However his symptoms and side effects pointed to a respiratory infection, which can be common for patients who have had a tube down their throat during surgery, so he was prescribed steroids, antibiotics and mouthwash and sent home.

Eventually a diagnostic procedure identified a semicircular object lying across his vocal cords, which had caused internal blistering and swelling.

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False teeth must be removed before major surgery, doctors have warned, after a pensioner swallowed his dentures and did not notice for more than a week.

He returned suffering complications on multiple occasions over the following month, before eventually healing. While it's perfectly normal for people to take their dentures out while they sleep at night, people may be less inclined to do so for visits to the GP or with health professionals due to fears of embarrassment. "It has always been known that one gets the majority of the information needed to form a diagnosis based on the patients' history".

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