A man's missing dentures were found stuck in his throat 8 days after surgery

  
Via:  sandy-2021492  •  4 months ago  •  21 comments

A man's missing dentures were found stuck in his throat 8 days after surgery
“Stay on the safe side,” an expert said. “Inform your physician of what’s going on in your mouth.”

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Here’s why it’s best to remove false teeth before surgery: You just might swallow them.
A medical journal is reporting the case of a 72-year-old British man whose partial dentures apparently got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren’t discovered for eight days.

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sandy-2021492
1  seeder  sandy-2021492    4 months ago
The man went to the emergency room because he was having a hard time swallowing and was coughing up blood. Doctors ordered a chest X-ray, diagnosed him with  pneumonia  and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. It took another hospital visit before another X-ray revealed the problem: His dentures — a metal roof plate and three false teeth — lodged at the top of this throat.
 
 
 
Tacos!
1.1  Tacos!  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    4 months ago
Doctors ordered a chest X-ray, diagnosed him with pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids

Medical "science" does it again. Well done. I wonder what they charged him for the x-ray and the drugs.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Tacos! @1.1    4 months ago

I had one patient whose teeth were broken during entubation for surgery. The hospital paid for me to make her a denture.  Her teeth were so rotten that it wasn't really the anesthesiologist's fault, IMO, but they accepted responsibility.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.1    4 months ago

Every time I've had surgery or been put under anesthesia I'm always asked if I have dentures or a partial. Every. Time.

Seems this man's nurses didn't ask the important question

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
1.1.3  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.2    4 months ago

The anesthesiologist has always asked me, even if the nurse already had.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1.3    4 months ago

I can never remember the anesthiologist, only the nurses

 
 
 
MrFrost
2  MrFrost    4 months ago

Da Fuq? Every time I had surgery I had to remove my ear ring, (except the last time, my surgeon allowed me to tape it down, but after 9 surgeries, we got to be friends)... But they didn't bother to take this guys teeth out? Holy crap, that's some next level incompetence right there. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  MrFrost @2    4 months ago

Yeah, the anesthesiologist should have seen this.  A cursory inspection of the mouth would have been prevented this.

Somehow, I figured you'd be the first to stop by this article jrSmiley_7_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
MrFrost
2.1.1  MrFrost  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1    4 months ago

Anything for you Sunshine. ;)

And...correct. When doing a medical history, this should have come up, which would make it into the nurses notes, which would alert the anesthesiologist and the rest of the surgical staff. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.2  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  MrFrost @2.1.1    4 months ago

Any time I've been under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist has both asked if I had any dentures, loose teeth. or piercings, and looked in my mouth to verify.  It only takes a few seconds.

 
 
 
MrFrost
2.1.3  MrFrost  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.2    4 months ago

Any time I've been under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist has both asked if I had any dentures, loose teeth. or piercings, and looked in my mouth to verify.  It only takes a few seconds.

Exactly, also, "any broken teeth", which  I am assuming is to minimize liability. But yes, it does only take a few seconds. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MrFrost @2    4 months ago

I used to be a nurse and the pre op check list includes removal of false teeth and jewelry.  Someone in this case really f'd up.

 
 
 
Kathleen
3  Kathleen    4 months ago

No false teeth here.... but if I ever get them and need surgery, they will be out! Lol

 
 
 
TᵢG
4  TᵢG    4 months ago

Scary level of medical incompetence.

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1  MrFrost  replied to  TᵢG @4    4 months ago

But fortunately, (at least in the US), it's on the decline. Now there is a count of everything used during a surgery, every single item, to make sure items aren't left in the patient. It has drastically decreased medical mistakes, but, no system is perfect. 

 
 
 
Freefaller
5  Freefaller    4 months ago

I notice there's a lot of blame being placed on the hospital and certainly they have their share but the patient himself bears some responsibility himself (unless of course he was brought to the hospital already unconscious).

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
5.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @5    4 months ago

TBH, there is no way that this denture wasn't easily visible to the anesthesiologist at intubation.   It's an upper partial made mostly of metal.  The doctor has a clear view of the upper palate.

 
 
 
Freefaller
5.1.1  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @5.1    4 months ago

Agreed

 
 
 
WallyW
6  WallyW    4 months ago

How did the first X-ray not spot them?? jrSmiley_99_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
6.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  WallyW @6    4 months ago

It was a chest xray - probably wasn't meant to get the head or neck in the shot.

 
 
 
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7  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    4 months ago

Every surgery pre-op form i have ever seen specifically asks if you have dentures. Wonder what the patient's answer was?

 
 
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