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Swallowed Object (cont.)

Swallowed Object Causes

  • Infants and toddlers' curious and oral nature draws them to put objects into the mouth. Children in this age group also are unable to adequately chew common foods such as peanuts and hot dogs.
  • Older children and adults may eat inedible items to seek attention or as a result of a psychiatric condition.
  • A medical condition may cause the esophagus to narrow, which causes food to become stuck in the esophagus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014
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