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    Swallowed Object Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The airway is blocked or partially blocked
    • The person cannot breathe or talk

    • The airway is blocked or partially blocked
    • The person cannot breathe or talk

    1. If Airway Is Blocked

    2. If Airway Is Partially Blocked

    • Encourage the person to cough to dislodge swallowed object.
    • Do not perform Heimlich maneuver, thump the back, or attempt to remove object.

    3. When to See a Doctor

    See a doctor immediately if:

    4. Follow Up

    If you see a doctor, follow-up will depend on the type and location of the swallowed object and severity of symptoms.

    • The doctor may order X-rays to locate the object in the body.
    • The doctor may try to remove it.
    • In most cases, swallowed objects pass through the system without causing injury or requiring surgery.

    If you do not see a doctor after an object is swallowed or if your doctor asks you to:

    • Check stools for the object.
    • Call doctor if the object doesn't show up in stools within seven days.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 02, 2016

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