August 14, 2019
by The Guardian
A man who turned up in A&E coughing up blood and having difficulty swallowing has surprised doctors who discovered he had false teeth lodged in his larynx.
Doctors deduced that the 72-year-old must have breathed them in during an operation several days earlier in which he was put under general anaesthetic to have a benign lump removed from the wall of his abdomen.
The case has prompted a warning to doctors to take note of whether patients have false teeth, and to keep track of where they are during operations.
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