Man's false teeth get stuck in throat during surgery

The X-ray showed a semicircular object lying across the man's vocal cords

The unidentified 72-year-old repeatedly returned to doctors after his op, complaining of agonizing pain in his throat, blood in his mouth and shortness of breath, according to a medical report.

Doctors were unable to diagnose their patient and sent him home with a prescription for mouthwash, steroids and antibiotics, CNN writes.

Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem.

The hospital took another X-ray that revealed the problem: His dentures-a metal roof plate and three false teeth-lodged at the top of this throat, which had caused internal blistering and swelling.

The man, who said he had lost his dentures during his initial visit to hospital, was then rushed into surgery to remove the false teeth.

"Presence of any dental prosthetics should be clearly documented before and after any procedure, and all members of the theatre team should be aware of the perioperative plan for them", study author Harriet Cunniffe, an ear, nose and throat specialist at James Paget Hospital, wrote.

When the doctors mentioned the object to the man, he said that his dentures had gone missing after his surgery eight days earlier.

Over the next six weeks, he was trapped in a cycle where the bleeding from his throat seemed to stop and he was discharged from the hospital, only for him to start bleeding again and being readmitted.

After a blunder during an operation, a pensioner spent over a week with his dentures unknowingly stuck in his throat.

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But six days later a bout of bleeding prompted his return.

Tests revealed he had internal wound tissue around the site of the blistering which was cauterised to prevent further bleeding.

The man also required a blood transfusion because he had lost so much blood.

Over the next six weeks, however, his tissue healed, he did not require any more emergency care, and his blood count returned to normal, according to the August 12 BMJ Case Reports.

The source of the bleeding was eventually discovered to be "a spurting arterial vessel" in the man's throat that had been obscured by tissue that formed over it during the healing process, according to the report.

"There are no set national guidelines on how dentures should be managed during anaesthesia", it read.

The wild case highlights the need to remove false teeth before going under anesthetic, the report states.

"It is known that leaving dentures in during bag-mask ventilation allows for a better seal during induction [when the anesthetic is being infused], and therefore many hospitals allow dentures to be removed immediately before intubation [when a tube is inserted into the airway to assist breathing]", they wrote.

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