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Case Reports in Pulmonology
Volume 2014, Article ID 465856, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/465856
Case Report

Tracheobronchial Foreign Body Aspiration: Dental Prosthesis

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mersin University, 33110 Mersin, Turkey
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University, 16285 Bursa, Turkey
3Department of Thoracic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University, 16285 Bursa, Turkey

Received 9 May 2014; Revised 15 July 2014; Accepted 15 July 2014; Published 4 August 2014

Academic Editor: Javier de Miguel-Díez

Copyright © 2014 Ataman Köse et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

It is important to extract foreign bodies for avoiding life-threatening complications. They can lead to death if they are not treated. Different signs and symptoms could occur according to the complete or partial airway obstruction. Foreign body aspiration is a rare incident in adults. The organic foreign materials such as foods are found to be aspirated more commonly and are usually settled in the right bronchial system. However, dental prosthesis and teeth aspirations are rare in literature. In our study, a 52-year-old male patient who had aspirated the front part of his lower dental prosthesis accidentally is presented and the foreign body is extracted by using rigid bronchoscopy. There are many causes of aspiration but dental prosthetic aspirations should be kept in mind during sleep. For this reason, dental apparatus must be taken out while asleep.