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Volume 23 , Issue 4
July/August 2010

Pages 339–341


Removal of a Partial Denture from the Esophagus with the Aid of an Endoscope

Marcia S. Campos, DDS, PhD/Fabio D. Nunes, DDS, PhD/Renato Soares Godoy, MD, MSc/Laerte Rodrigues Júnior, MD/Elio H. Shinohara, DDS, PhD


PMID: 20617222

Swallowed prostheses have been described in the literature, and in some cases, the diagnosis can be challenging, especially if the partial or complete denture is metal-free. This article presents a case of a swallowed partial denture and points to the importance of early diagnosis. A man was admitted to the emergency room complaining of progressive breathing difficulty while presenting with an extra volume in his neck. After inconclusive image examinations, endoscopy under sedation was used to identify and retrieve the foreign object, which was a metal-free acrylic partial denture. Early diagnosis and the correct treatment can avoid serious sequelae, such as edematous reactions, mucosal infection, and necrosis. Patients should be scheduled for regular recall visits for evaluation of prosthesis fit and retention, condition of the abutments, and nocturnal wear. Int J Prosthodont 2010;23:339–341.


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