A patient’s false teeth became stuck in his throat in a routine operation, and were not found for eight days.
The 72-year-old complained of swallowing difficulties and was coughing up blood before doctors discovered the dentures.
He underwent repeated hospital visits, more surgery and blood transfusions to correct the complications from the routine abdominal surgery.
The James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk said it had amended processes.
Details of the man’s case emerged in the journal BMJ Case Reports, in which authors recommend that false teeth be taken out before general anaesthetic.
Six days after surgery to remove a harmless lump from his abdominal wall in 2018, the man went to A&E, telling doctors he had been unable to eat solid food.
Doctors at the Gorleston hospital believed it was a