Swallowed Object (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
When any nonfood item is swallowed, call a doctor. A description of the item should be given.
- If no symptoms are present and the doctor is comfortable with the situation
of the patient, a routine visit to the office may suffice.
- If the person has any symptoms, or the object swallowed is concerning to the physician,
the doctor will probably refer the patient to the emergency department.
If any symptoms continue and won't go away after swallowing an object or large piece of food,
go to the local emergency department. If the patient has a similar object to the one swallowed, bring it along to help the doctor determine what
type of object may be causing the blockage.
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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