This man woke up coughing because he swallowed something you wouldn’t expect

This man woke up coughing because he swallowed something you wouldn’t expect

dentureA 55-year old man suffered a seizure in his sleep, and woke up to find a piece of his dentures on the floor. He couldn’t find all of it, but didn’t think much of it until he started having trouble swallowing and coughing a few days later.

The Daily Mail reports,

The symptoms got worse, until they became so bad he went to hospital.

There, doctors carried out X-rays which revealed he had swallowed a major part of the false teeth which had a clasp on it, during the seizure.

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The piece of denture was lodged in the man’s oesophagus (food pipe), 32cm down from his mouth.

One edge of the false teeth was lodged into the wall of his oesophagus and was blocking it.

Doctors tried to remove it using an endoscope –a camera that is used to look into the food pipe – and some alligator forceps.

But as it was blocking the wall of the oesophagus, every time they gripped it with the forceps, it slipped away.

Eventually, doctors were able to pull it up to the upper part of the food pipe and it was removed using a ‘rigid oesophagoscopy’ – where a rigid endoscope is used – and operation which carries more complications.

This is apparently a rather common occurrence, and for that reason, doctors often advise patients to get more costly dental implants instead of removable false teeth. People swallowing their dentures account for 11.5 per cent of foreign objects blocking the oesophagus. Fortunately the man recovered — and since he has a history of seizures, let’s hope he invests in a dental implant.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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