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Swallowed Object (cont.)

Swallowed Object Prognosis

With early recognition and removal, most people recover well after swallowing something they should not, or if an object becomes stuck.

  • Some people who get food lodged in their esophagus must then undergo further testing to ensure there is no correctable narrowing or cancer of the esophagus.
  • Foreign bodies not removed must be monitored with periodic x-rays to ensure they have moved through and out of the body. This is especially true for button batteries and sharp objects. Coordination with the family doctor is imperative.
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