Dentures found stuck in mans throat 8 days after surgery

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A 72-year-old's false teeth got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren't discovered for eight days, doctors have said.

The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation.

He returned to the hospital six days later complaining of blood in his mouth and difficulties breathing and swallowing, which had prevented him from eating solid food.

Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem, which was revealed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal on Monday. Lead author Harriet Cunniffe, from James Paget Hospital in eastern England, is calling for surgeons to ensure dentures are removed from patients before an operation.

During the patient's first return to the emergency room, doctors were unable to diagnose the problem and the unnamed man was sent home with a prescription for mouthwash, antibiotics and steroids. But he returned two days later with worsening symptoms and was admitted to the hospital with suspected aspiration pneumonia -- a severe chest infection.

The man, who said he had lost his dentures during his initial visit to hospital, was subsequently rushed into surgery to remove the false teeth. He remained in the hospital for another six days.

A man's false teeth were stuck in his throat for eight days after a surgery - CNN
 

HCProf

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People are playing Russian roulette with their lives when they go to an English hospital.
It happens here as well. It happened to my MIL when she had emergency hip surgery. Her partials did not have to be surgically removed but it was discovered by the nurse in the recovery room.

The worse I have seen, is in a nursing home. I saw a aide put someone else's teeth into a residents mouth. :oops:
 
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A 72-year-old's false teeth got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren't discovered for eight days, doctors have said.

The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation.

He returned to the hospital six days later complaining of blood in his mouth and difficulties breathing and swallowing, which had prevented him from eating solid food.

Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem, which was revealed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal on Monday. Lead author Harriet Cunniffe, from James Paget Hospital in eastern England, is calling for surgeons to ensure dentures are removed from patients before an operation.

During the patient's first return to the emergency room, doctors were unable to diagnose the problem and the unnamed man was sent home with a prescription for mouthwash, antibiotics and steroids. But he returned two days later with worsening symptoms and was admitted to the hospital with suspected aspiration pneumonia -- a severe chest infection.

The man, who said he had lost his dentures during his initial visit to hospital, was subsequently rushed into surgery to remove the false teeth. He remained in the hospital for another six days.

A man's false teeth were stuck in his throat for eight days after a surgery - CNN

Sweet baby jeebus.....i HATE this story!




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