Sunderland man died after falling ill following tooth op

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A YOUNG man with special needs died after having a tooth extracted, an inquest heard.

Daniel Grainger, 21, died in Sunderland Royal Hospital in November 2009, less than a month after having a tooth removed in what the inquest heard was a routine operation.

The Hendon man, who suffered from the genetic disorder Lowe Syndrome, became ill with a chest infection in the weeks after the operation and his condition continued to deteriorate rapidly until doctors told his family there was little chance of recovery.

Lowe Syndrome is a genetic disorder which affects boys, causing multiple physical and mental disabilities and symptoms can include cataracts in both eyes, muscle weakness, kidney problems, cysts, brittle bones, arthritis, poor growth, mental impairment with behaviour problems and epilepsy.

The inquest heard how Daniel, from Noble Street, had to undergo a second operation two weeks after he had the tooth removed, so doctors could take a biopsy from a lump which had formed in his mouth, which turned out to be fibrous dysplasia, a bone disease that destroys and replaces normal bone with fibrous bone tissue.

Pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton told the inquest – held at the Regus Centre at Doxford Park, in Sunderland – there was no sign of anything having gone wrong with the tooth extraction and there was no sign of infection there and Daniel’s organs were fine.

She said having a general anaesthetic means a patient takes longer to recover and get back to their normal self, which could have been a contributory factor to Daniel developing pneumonia.

Dr Bolton said: “Lowe’s Syndrome is a risk factor for pneumonia simply because the person is not up and about and as mobile as other people. Also curvature of the spine (which Daniel had) means lungs can’t expand properly, which is another risk factor for developing chest infections.”

The Assistant Deputy Coroner, Clare Davis, adjourned the inquest into Daniel’s death for further inquiries to be made with Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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