In a bid to have attractive teeth, a 22-year-old found himself in danger after one of the grillz he was wearing detached from one of his teeth and found its way into his lungs and got stuck in there.
This interesting development came to light in a case study recently published in the Cureus Medical Journal.
It is reported that the young man from Wisconsin had suffered an epileptic seizure, and after recovering, he started experiencing severe coughing and heavy wheezing.
The man whose identity has not been revealed, sought medical assistance and after X-ray scans were conducted on him, doctors found that he had a 4-cm-long mass, which looked like dentures, lodged in the right main stem bronchus, an airway to his lung.
He told doctors that he was wearing his silver-plated grillz when he had the seizure, but could not find them after he recovered.
Doctors inserted a bronchoscope down the airway to remove the dental accessory before the man had some respite. He however experienced bronchospasm – where muscles in the lung airway tighten – from the operation and was given steroid treatment before being discharged, odditycentral.com reports.