Spontaneous exhalation of an inhaled tooth in a child: a case report
Boye, Theophilus A
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Aspiration and ingestion of a tooth or teeth are recognised complications in maxillofacial trauma especially if there is loss of consciousness. Cases of teeth being aspirated without loss of consciousness have been reported.2 Aspiration of teeth during extraction under general anaesthesia is not common as the airway is usually protected with cuffed endo-tracheal tube, laryngeal mask or posterior throat packing. Aspirated teeth normally require removal with a rigid or flexible laryngoscope,1 although a case has been reported in which an aspirated foreign body was found in the gastrointestinal tract.