Teen Dies After 'Routine' Dental Procedure

17-year-old went into cardiac arrest while having her wisdom teeth removed
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2015 4:33 PM CDT
Teen Dies After 'Routine' Dental Procedure

A Minnesota teen died yesterday after undergoing a routine dental procedure. Sydney Galleger, 17, went to the dentist on June 2 to have her wisdom teeth removed, according to CBS Minnesota. "All went good until the very end when her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and then she went into cardiac arrest," Sydney’s mom, Diane, wrote on the health journal website CaringBridge, per CBS News. The dentist performed CPR until emergency officials took the Eden Prairie High School student to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Sydney’s condition went from stable to critical as she experienced seizures and severe brain swelling. Late last week, doctors told the family there was nothing they could do.

"We want to rewind to (June 1) when we had our happy, healthy, funny, beautiful 17-year-old daughter," wrote her mom. A cause of death has not been released, although CBS Minnesota reports that Sydney's family thinks she may have had an undetected heart condition. An NYU College of Dentistry professor cautions that any procedure involving anesthesia has risks. "We like to think of having wisdom teeth out as a casual occurrence, but it can be an extensive surgery." The Minneapolis Star Tribune notes at least two other similar deaths around the country in recent years. And it adds that members of the school lacrosse team played with blue ribbons in their friend's honor Saturday as they won the state championship. “I was pushing to win for Sydney,” says junior midfielder Kelly Wolfe. She scored the game-winning goal. (In another case, a trip to the dentist saved a girl's life.)

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