Inhalation of dental plates--a hazard of radiolucent materials

J Laryngol Otol. 1991 Aug;105(8):681-2. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100117025.


Many dental plates are made of materials that are radiolucent. If inhaled or swallowed they may be difficult to detect and where there is strong suspicion of inhalation, early bronchoscopy should be carried out even if plain X-rays show no abnormality. The details of three patients are reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Denture, Partial*
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharynx*
  • Radiography
  • Trachea*