CRH doctors removes accidentally swallowed tooth denture

The 33 years old patient hailing from Namchi, South Sikkim was admitted to Central Referral Hospital on  May 30. The team consisting of  The team consisting of Dr Mohonish N Chettri & Dr Sushma Kashyap (ENT Surgeon), Dr Ram Rai (Anaesthesia) & Ms Paulina Subba (OT Nurse) removed the foreign body by rigid esophagoscopy using a modified technique and the patient was saved from being referred to higher centre to undergo a major Cardio-Thoracic Open Surgery for removal in the midst of a Pandemic.

CRH doctors removes accidentally swallowed tooth denture

Central Referral Hospital, Manipal on May 31, 2021, was successful in the removal of a denture ( Artificial teeth)  which was accidentally swallowed by a 33 years old patient and was stuck in the middle of the Oesophagus ( food Pipe).

The 33 years old patient hailing from Namchi, South Sikkim was admitted to Central Referral Hospital on  May 30. The team consisting of  The team consisting of Dr Mohonish N Chettri & Dr Sushma Kashyap (ENT Surgeon), Dr Ram Rai (Anaesthesia) & Ms Paulina Subba (OT Nurse) removed the foreign body by rigid esophagoscopy using a modified technique and the patient was saved from being referred to higher centre to undergo a major Cardio-Thoracic Open Surgery for removal in the midst of a Pandemic.

Dr Mohonish N Chettri, ENT Surgeon, CRH after completing the Surgery said “ A 33-year-old patient from Namchi accidentally swallowed his denture (artificial teeth) and it was stuck in the middle of the Oesophagus (food pipe). After two attempts of removal in another hospital, the patient was admitted to Central Referral Hospital on 30th May and was successfully retrieved on 31st May by the Department of ENT CRH Gangtok. The team consisting of Dr Mohonish N Chettri & Dr Sushma Kashyap (ENT Surgeon), Dr Ram Rai (Anaesthesia) & Ms Paulina Subba (OT Nurse) removed the foreign body by rigid esophagoscopy using modified technique and the patient was saved from being referred to higher centre to undergo a major Cardio-Thoracic Open Surgery for removal in the midst of a Pandemic.”

“Swallowed foreign body are common presentation but a stuck denture is a life-threatening condition due to its size and risk of perforating into the mediastinum (Chest). It is associated with high morbidity and mortality and many times removal can be done via an open approach only. The department of ENT Central Referral Hospital regularly does Rigid Esophagoscopy and Rigid Bronchoscopy to remove foreign bodies in food pipe or airway but this was an interesting case as dentures are not common in young people and moreover multiple attempts to remove them elsewhere had failed.  The patient is currently recuperating in hospital and will be discharged soon” he added