John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The doctor will take a complete history and will specifically want to know what was swallowed, when it was swallowed, and any symptoms
the patient has. A physical examination will focus on the mouth, throat, and lungs.
The doctor may perform one or more of the following tests:
X-rays of the neck,
chest, and abdomen may be performed to help locate any objects that will show up in this format, such as coins,
batteries, metal toys, and bones.
Enhanced X-rays with barium may be used to help locate stuck objects not seen on regular
The doctor may make a direct inspection of the area above the voice box with a special fiber optic light or indirect inspection with a dental mirror. These procedures require a cooperative patient.
Direct visualization with a fiber optic scope (endoscopy) may be needed to see objects in the esophagus. This is
procedure is usually performed in a short procedure unit or in the operating room.