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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2015;10(2):138-140.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17085/apm.2015.10.2.138    Published online April 30, 2015.
Accidental ingestion of a fixed partial denture during general anesthesia: A case report
Kyu Nam Kim, Kyo Sang Kim, Hee Jong Lee, You Na Oh
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Hanyang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kimks@hanyang.ac.kr
Received: 28 October 2014   • Revised: 24 November 2014   • Accepted: 16 December 2014
Abstract
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.
Key Words: General anesthesia, Ingestion, Partial denture


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