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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr10.2009.2401.
Published online Jan 13, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.10.2009.2401
PMCID: PMC3028143
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Delayed presentation of a swallowed partial denture
Kevin N Kulendra,1 Christopher J Skilbeck,1 John Blythe,2 and Dennis I Choa1
1Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DA, UK
2Southampton General Hospital, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
Kevin N Kulendra, knk79/at/
We report a unique case of a young patient who accidentally swallowed his partial denture and alarmingly only presented to our ear, nose and throat (ENT) department 4 weeks later despite several previous presentations to primary and secondary care. The partial denture was successfully removed under general anaesthetic using direct laryngoscopy following admission. He was discharged on a normal diet 6 days later after oesophageal perforation was excluded using a contrast swallow.
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