Journal of Laryngology and Voice

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40--42

Fatal airway complication during root canal treatment


Santosh Kumar Swain, Mahesh Chandra Sahu 
 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha “O” Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Santosh Kumar Swain
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Kalinganagar, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
India

Foreign body (FB) in the tracheobronchial tree is not uncommon, especially in infants and children. They often present with respiratory obstruction, which can lead to death if not removed in time. Despite public awareness and education, FB aspiration continues to be a problem among patients. We report a case of tracheobronchial FB in a 13-year-old boy who had accidentally aspirated a sharp metallic needle, used during root canal treatment by a dental surgeon. The FB was removed successfully without any complication. FB inhalation is possible while conducting a surgical procedure in the oral cavity. This situation is a life-threatening condition, affecting the patient, and may also create a legal issue to the concerned caregivers. Every clinician should be aware of this type of mishappening during oral cavity procedure.


How to cite this article:
Swain SK, Sahu MC. Fatal airway complication during root canal treatment.J Laryngol Voice 2018;8:40-42


How to cite this URL:
Swain SK, Sahu MC. Fatal airway complication during root canal treatment. J Laryngol Voice [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 13 ];8:40-42
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