Swallowed Object Overview
Button batteries, pins, fishbones, balloons-all these items and more are swallowed by adults and children by accident or on purpose.
Parents of infants and toddlers are most likely to seek medical attention for a child. Children in this age group are curious and often eat inedible materials such as dirt and coins, and also have trouble swallowing some common foods.
Older children and adults may swallow objects to seek attention or may have trouble with the anatomy of their esophagus leading to a blockage after eating a normal meal.
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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