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Dentures may be radiolucent
  1. A L Firth,
  2. J Moor,
  3. P W A Goodyear,
  4. D R Strachan
  1. Department of Otolaryngology, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr D R Strachan
 Department of Otolaryngology, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford BD9 6RJ, UK;


Diagnosing ingested dental prostheses can be difficult and delays in treatment may result in serious complications. Patients often present with a vague history and very few reliable clinical signs. In addition, the fact that dental plates are often radiolucent may lead to the diagnosis being overlooked with disastrous consequences. A case of successful diagnosis and treatment is presented, and the importance of a high index of clinical suspicion to avoid the morbidity and mortality associated with missed impacted dentures is discussed.

  • entures
  • ingestion
  • foreign body
  • oesophagus

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