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In Vietnam, woman swallows false teeth during meal

In Vietnam, woman swallows false teeth during meal

Sunday, March 10, 2024, 09:53 GMT+7
In Vietnam, woman swallows false teeth during meal
Dentures removed from a woman’s gullet at a hospital in Bac Lieu Province, southern Vietnam, March 9, 2024. Photo: Supplied

Doctors at a hospital in Bac Lieu Province, southern Vietnam have removed dentures from a 68-year-old woman’s gullet.

The three-centimeter-long object got stuck in her esophagus after she swallowed it along with food during a meal on Saturday.

A representative of Thanh Vu Medic General Hospital in the province said on the same day that the hospital had admitted a patient who got false teeth stuck in her gullet.

The patient was identified as N.T.N., a resident of Thanh Tri District under Soc Trang Province, some 50 kilometers from Bac Lieu Province.

During her lunch, N. unintentionally swallowed false teeth, according to her family members.

The object choked and hurt the senior, so she was rushed to the hospital for its removal.

Dr. Nguyen Phuoc Thom, who was in charge of treating N., said that the results of an X-ray and an endoscopy showed that a large object lay deep in her gullet.

“We promptly took it out. The object was identified as dentures attached to a sharp metal hook,” Dr. Thom recounted.

After the removal, the patient’s health was stable, so she was released from the hospital.

Over the past few months, the hospital has admitted several patients, removing fish or chicken bones, toothpicks, or false teeth from their throats or gullets, Dr. Thom said.

Patients with large objects lodged in their throats may face a life-threatening condition if these hazardous items are not promptly removed.

Dr. Thom advises seniors to use permanent dentures to minimize the swallow of false teeth.

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Tieu Bac - Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre News

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