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  • 2011-01-12

Endoscopic removal of accidentally swallowed dentures

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2011;11(01). URL:
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Foreign body ingestion occurs more commonly in children with a peak incidence in the age group of 6 months to 3 years. In adults, it occurs mostly in edentulous patients, prisoners and psychiatric patients. 80-90% of the foreign bodies that reach the gastrointestinal tract will pass spontaneously; 10-20 % will have to be removed endoscopically and unfortunately, 1% requires surgery. The decision and timing of endoscopic intervention depends on the patient’s age, clinical condition, size, shape and classification of ingested material, anatomical location, risk of aspiration and/or perforation and technical abilities of the endoscopist. Accidentally swallowed dentures can lead to severe complications in the gastrointestinal tract, such as perforation that needs surgical intervention. In this video, we present the endoscopic removal of a fixed four-dental prosthesis accidentally swallowed and blocked in the prepyloric zone. Reference: Management of foreign bodies of the upper gastrointestinal tract: update. William A. Webb Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vol 41, No.1, 1995.