Arora A, Arora M, Roffe C. Mystery of the missing denture: an unusual cause of respiratory arrest in a nonagenarian. Age Ageing. 2005 Sep;34(5):519-20.
A nonagenarian is someone between 90 and 100 years old. That’s really old. Behold the power of swallowing a loose denture:
It got stuck in her hypopharynx, the part of the throat that connects to the esophagus.
Samarasam I, Chandran S, Shukla V, Mathew G. A missing denture’s misadventure! Dis Esophagus. 2006;19(1):53-5.
Ah, the tracheoesophageal fistula. Say goodbye to a sizable chunk of your esophagus!
de Ruiter MH, van Damme PA, Drenth JP. [Serious complications following removal of an ingested partial denture] Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2007 Jan 20;151(3):194-7. Dutch.
Apparently people have problems with their dentures in the Netherlands as well.
Lam YH, Ng EK, Chung SC, Li AK. Laser-assisted removal of a foreign body impacted in the esophagus. Lasers Surg Med. 1997;20(4):480-2.
Lasers make everything cooler. Particularly the extraction of a denture from some guy’s food tube.