Can Root Canal Treatment Cause Death?
Night,. I want to ask, there is someone who has died after taking root canal treatment. He was given the antiseptic drugs clorrhexidin, menthol, and methylcellulosa after which he experienced symptoms of burning sensation in the back of his neck and legs which then caused him to faint. not long after he was declared dead. I wonder what causes the person to die huh? is this malpractice?
Hello Chairat, Thank you for the question.
What was the health condition of the previous sufferer? Does the sufferer have certain medical history such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and others? The exact cause of an attack of death can only be ascertained through an autopsy by the doctor. From the story you told above, it cannot be ascertained the cause of death of that person. It is possible that the person has an allergy to the antiseptic fluid content that was not previously known. A severe allergic reaction can be life threatening and cause death. But other than that, it is also necessary to think about other possible causes of cardiac arrest, for example due to a history of the disease. Someone has a history of certain diseases (for example high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol) and does not undergo proper and regular treatment and experience further health complications, one of which is cardiac arrest. It is possible that cardiac arrest happens by the time the dentist's actions are performed.
Due to limited information about the patient's medical history and no autopsy, conclusions cannot be drawn regarding the cause of death of the person. The dentist cannot be said to have committed malpractice if the actions / procedures carried out are in accordance with applicable procedure standards.
I hope this information is helpful.