Teen dies after wisdom teeth extraction

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MINNEAPOLIS — A family is mourning the death of a teenager after a “simple, common” procedure.

Sydney Galleger, a teenager and junior in high school, died from complications after a wisdom teeth extraction procedure.

Her blood pressure skyrocketed, her pulse dropped, and she went into cardiac arrest.

Galleger’s mother, Diane, said paramedics stabilized her and then transferred her to U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Galleger was experiencing seizures and doctors attempted to stop the swelling in her brain.

A week after the wisdom teeth extraction, Sydney Galleger passed away after a tough battle.

Dr. Jay Sengupta, a heart rhythm specialist with Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbot Northwestern Hospital, wasn’t Galleger’s doctor and doesn’t want to speculate on what might have happened. But he said anesthesia can be hard on your body, sometimes exposing unknown heart conditions.

“We see this a lot,” said Sengupta. “The first time that an abnormal heart rhythm is noticed is when they come in for a procedure and they may have been completely asymptomatic up to that point.”

What exactly caused Galleger’s death is unclear.

On CaringBridge, her mother wrote Sydney may have had an unknown heart condition, but they aren’t sure.


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