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A routine dental procedure for a 17-year-old Minnesota girl turned deadly because of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Sydney Galleger died roughly a week after she went in for what her parents say was a simple and common procedure to get her wisdom teeth removed.

Pediatrician Humam Alabsi with People's Community Health says there are some things during routine physicals they are not able detect and that's because some health problems are not always physically apparent.

"Through communication we can detect many of concerns," said Dr. Alabsi.

Basil says physicals especially for active teenagers are essential as a preventative measure.

Sydney was a stand-out high school athlete, adding even more shock to an untimely death.

However he says doctors cannot not find all underlying health problems, including heart conditions, so as parents it's critical to know your child.

"It's not physically apparent to you from the outside and it might not happen that frequent and it might now be on a parent's radar to be a concern," said Basil. "You can't detect it. The kid is healthy, he's sitting, he's active. Mom should say during an exam or during his game last week he was dizzy."

He says parents should know their child and let doctors know of even the smallest feelings of uneasiness when it comes to health.

Basil couldn't speak on the Minnesota girl who died days after getting her wisdom teeth extracted, but says health needs and problems should be talked about at home.

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