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.
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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