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July 29, 1968

Misplaced Dental Bridge

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San Francisco

JAMA. 1968;205(5):313. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140310071024

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To the Editor:—  Ten weeks ago I saw an 83-year-old man in consultation, who had consulted his family physician because of a wheeze; the demonstration of a foreign body by x-ray film in the supraclavicular region led to his hospitalization.The patient had no signs of esophageal obstruction, no pain, and no difficulty in swallowing. When I saw him for the first time he had just finished eating a full dinner, and was sitting on the edge of the bed in complete comfort.The patient could not remember what had become of his upper bridge, which he had lost two months earlier. The patient did not appear senile and disclaimed any symptoms of obstruction.An x-ray film had shown (Figure) the missing bridge as a metallic foreign body, projecting downward from the supraclavicular region. Other views showed it to be caught vertically in the upper part of the esophagus near