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Accidental ingestion of a fixed partial denture during general anesthesia ?A case report?
Anesth Pain Med 2015;10(2):138-40
Published online April 30, 2015
© 2015 The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists.

Kyu Nam Kim, Kyo Sang Kim, Hee-jong Lee, and You Na Oh

Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Hanyang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to:
Kyo Sang Kim, M.D. Ph.D., Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Hanyang University School of Medicine, 222, Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-792, Korea. 
Tel: 82-2-2290-8680, Fax: 82-2-2299-8692, E-mail:
Received October 28, 2014; Revised November 24, 2014; Accepted December 16, 2014.
cc This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Swallowing a foreign body of dental origin is a rare occurrence; but, it can be dangerous if the foreign body is large, sharp, and pointed. We report a case in which a large fixed partial denture became dislodged and was ingested while the patient was undergoing general anesthesia, and was removed postoperatively with endoscopy. Anesthesiologists should understand the dangers and recognize this complication when it occurs, and prepare a suitable treatment plan. (Anesth Pain Med 2015; 10: 138-140)
Key Words : General anesthesia, Ingestion, Partial denture.
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