Year : 2015  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 330-331

A delayed spontaneous expulsion of a three teeth bridge after 6 months period of aspiration in the right lung following cardiac surgery

Department of Adult Cardiology, Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. El Tayeb Areeg Magzoub
Department of Adult Cardiology, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.154742

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Aspiration of loose teeth is a well-known complication of endo-tracheal intubation hence the importance of oral check by anesthetist prior to ventilation. Artificaial teeth crown (single) or bridges (multiple) can be fixed or removable by the patient. The presence of a foreign body in the lung tissue or airways is a clinical situation that needs aggressive management as it can lead to refractory infections and possible death. We report this unique case of aspirarin of a three bridge teeth (10 mm × 30 mm) following cardiac surgery. The case is complicated by pneumonia, chronic cough and severe bouts of cyanosis and finally removed by spontaneous expulsion after 6 months following forceful cough.

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