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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2005;49(6):904-907.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2005.49.6.904
Esophageal Perforation due to an Impaction of Omitted Dental Prosthesis after General Anesthesia: A case report.
Kun Moo Lee, Woo Jong Bae, Se Hoon Lim, Jeong Han Lee, Soon Ho Cheong, Young Kyun Choe, Young Jae Kim, Chee Mahn Shin
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Inje University, Busan, Korea. aneslkm@inje.ac.kr
Abstract
Foreign body ingestion induces various complications during the induction of and emergence from anesthesia. These complications include inconsequential mucosal scratches, abrasion, laceration, esophageal stricture, necrosis, retropharyngeal abscess formation, hemorrhage, obstruction and perforation. We experienced a case of esophageal perforation after ingestion of a dental prosthesis during emergence. A 71-year-old female patient received general anesthesia for a lumbar laminectomy. At postanesthesia care unit, she complained of a sore throat and found that her dental prosthesis was missing. The impacted dental prosthesis was found at the T7 level, which was followed due to its perforation through the esophageal wall, causing mediastinitis. She underwent an operation for the esophageal repair and was discharged with slight chest discomfort due to operation, after 10 days.

Keywords :dental prosthesis;esophageal perforation;impaction

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