A 72-year-old man’s partial dentures were stuck in his throat and were untraceable until 8 days after surgery, as reported by a medical journal. After the incident, the man went into Emergency reporting about the difficulty in swallowing his food and coughing up blood.
The doctors conducted an X-ray on him and then diagnosed him with pneumonia. The doctors then sent the 72-year-old with a few steroids and antibiotics as well. And, the man just assumed that he had lost his partial dentures while he was in the hospital for his minor surgery.
How did the man end up with his dentures stuck in his throat is yet unknown; but, several similar cases of patients’ dentures going astray has been reported in the past, while the patients of surgery were put to sleep.
Dr. Mary Dale Peterson, who is an anesthesiologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital of Corpus Christi in Texas, commented on the matter stating that placing a tube in the air pipe of a patient can push things into places where they aren’t supposed to be in the first place. Peterson also added that things like retainers, dentures, tongue-piercings, and loose teeth can cause severe problems while surgery is being conducted.