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
- head and neck surgery
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