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J Dent Anesth Pain Med. 2018 Aug;18(4):267-270. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.17245/jdapm.2018.18.4.267
Panigrahi B , Sahay N , Samaddar DP , Chatterjee A .
Department of Anaesthesiology, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, India.
Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS Patna, Patna, India. nishantsahay@gmail.com
Abstract

As a safety measure, dentures are routinely removed before surgery. Aspiration of a denture could be catastrophic, with medicolegal implications. Foreign body aspiration is uncommon in adults; however, aspirations may remain asymptomatic and undiagnosed for long periods of time. We report an adult male who presented with a cough for more than 6 months. On radiography, a foreign body was found migrating within the tracheobronchial tree from one mainstem bronchus to the other, at different time points. The foreign body was later found to be a portion of his denture. The aspiration may have occurred at the time of a surgical procedure.

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