Denture esophageal impaction refractory to endoscopic removal in a psychiatric patient

Brendon M. Stiles, Wayne H. Wilson, Matthew A. Bridges, Arindam Choudhury, Jorge Rivera-Arias, Diem B. Nguyen, Richard F. Edlich

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Impaction of dental prostheses is frequently encountered in psychiatric patients. These patients may present an especially challenging problem because the diagnosis may be delayed, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. Delay in diagnosis in such patients has been attributed to their inability to give a reliable clinical history. In addition, radiolucent dentures cannot be easily detected by radiographic examination. The purpose of this report is to describe a psychiatric patient with an impacted radiopaque dental prosthesis that was refractory to endoscopic intervention. An esophagotomy was needed to successfully remove the foreign body. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental prosthesis
  • Esophagus
  • Foreign body
  • Psychiatric patient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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