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Case report
Impacted denture in the oesophagus: review of the literature and its management
  1. Zahir Mughal1,
  2. Alexander Rowan Charlton1,
  3. Raghav Dwivedi2 and
  4. Basavaiah Natesh1
  1. 1Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
  2. 2Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Zahir Mughal; zahir5019{at}


Foreign body impaction in the oesophagus is a common cause of acute dysphagia. Oesophageal impaction of sharp objects such as dentures can be life threatening due to the risk of oesophageal perforation. This condition requires urgent treatment, and therefore prompt diagnosis and management is vital to avoid complications. Diagnosing oesophageal foreign body can be challenging due to its poor localising symptoms. We describe a case of an impacted denture in which considerable delays to treatment were encountered, and discuss the pitfalls and lessons learnt. This case and review of the literature draw attention to clinical assessment, investigation and treatment options for oesophageal foreign body impaction.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • endoscopy
  • oesophagus
  • head and neck surgery

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  • Contributors ZM and RD were involved in the conception of the work, acquisition of data, drafting the work and final approval. ARC was involved in conception of the work, acquisition of data, drafting the work, revising it, and final approval. BN was involved in conception of the work, revising it and final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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