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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr10.2009.2401.
Published online 2010 January 13. doi:  10.1136/bcr.10.2009.2401
PMCID: PMC3028143
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Delayed presentation of a swallowed partial denture


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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