Removal of Impacted Dentures with Polypectomy Snare

  • SU Okugbo
  • E Okoro
  • E Kesieme
Keywords: oesophagus, impacted partial dentures, flexible oesophagoscopy, polypectomy snare


Impacted dentures have attendant sequelae when not immediately retrieved. Early retrieval is advocated by use of endoscopy. Late presentation may be complicated by sepsis, necrosis and oesophageal obstruction with attendant repeated pulmonary aspiration and sepsis. We present the case of a 56year old man who had used partial dentures for over 7years. He had loose fitting dentures that got missing 7months prior to presentation. He was subsequently investigated for dysphagia and cough. Only at flexible oesophagoscopy was the dentures found and removed using only a polypectomy snare. Uneventful recovery followed.

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