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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Delayed presentation of a swallowed partial denture
  1. Kevin N Kulendra1,
  2. Christopher J Skilbeck1,
  3. John Blythe2,
  4. Dennis I Choa1
  1. 1
    Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DA, UK
  2. 2
    Southampton General Hospital, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK
  1. Kevin N Kulendra, knk79{at}


We report a unique case of a young patient who accidentally swallowed his partial denture and alarmingly only presented to our ear, nose and throat (ENT) department 4 weeks later despite several previous presentations to primary and secondary care. The partial denture was successfully removed under general anaesthetic using direct laryngoscopy following admission. He was discharged on a normal diet 6 days later after oesophageal perforation was excluded using a contrast swallow.

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