Friday, November 26, 2010

Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving evening... Swallowing foreign bodies are very common on Thanksgiving. This one was a first for me.

A 49 year old male came in after swallowing his partial dentures. He swallowed them right into his lung! He says he was eating his turkey too fast and bam....aspirated his fake teeth. Usually foreign bodies will go into the right mainstem bronchus, but this guys went into the left. Here is his actual X Ray:



What makes this even funnier?? How about that the guy did the SAME THING 2 years prior. Here is his X Ray from then, when his dentures went to his right lung.



I guess history really does repeat itself!

-ER Doc

11 comments:

NP Odyssey said...
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NP Odyssey said...

Kind of like flipping a coin 50/50 heads or tails, or in this case right lung left lung

Anonymous said...

omg how do you get them outta there? lol

Meghan said...

holy crap! slow it down buddy, the food will still be there if you chew instead of inhale

Alpine, R.N. said...

perhaps this man needs new fixodent?

Sara said...

Someone needs to get better-fitting dentures!

j said...

Whoever is cooking his food, is a good cook!

Crazed Nitwit said...

Bwahahahahaha. Oh my goodness, isn't life the funniest thing?

arzt4empfaenger said...

How unusual! So that's where the phrase "inhaling your food"(or non-food items) comes from. ;-P

ERP said...

Wow. Did the same pulmonolgist pull them out?

Anonymous said...

Boy, I can just visualize how that happened. You don't know how many times I have put on a glove and pulled out airway- obstructing dentures. Never saw any go that far, though. Bet the only solution was a bronchoscopy and oh my I bet there were massive doses of antibiotics needed but pnuemonitis was probably still inevitable or mabe even an empyema.