A 72-year-old man had a dental prosthesis in his neck during surgery and was left there for eight days, the British Medical Journal reported. According to a new case report, which was released on Monday, he went to the emergency room after he had difficulty swallowing blood and coughing.
Doctors diagnosed pneumonia with him and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. It took another trip to the hospital to uncover the underlying problem. The man had a denture, consisting of a metal roof and three false teeth, which stuck on his throat.
The man believed his prosthesis had been lost when he was in the hospital for a small operation According to the British study, the lump is harmless more than a week ago. After the denture had been removed, he remained in the hospital for six days and suffered from several other complications before healing.
The mishap shows the dangers that can occur when the denture remains in the patient's mouth during anesthesia.
"There are no established national guidelines for the management of dentures during anesthesia allows for a better seal during induction (when the anesthetic is infused) and therefore allow many hospitals to remove the dentures immediately before intubation (if a tube in the respiratory tract is introduced to aid respiration), "wrote the lead author of the study, dr. Harriet A Cunniffe, ENT specialist at James Paget University Hospital in the UK
"In this case, it is not just the risk of leaving dentures during the initiation of anesthesia." explained.
Cunniffe told physicians to "always listen to the patient" and not rely so heavily on imaging and lab testing.