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Swallowed or Inhaled Objects - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You have chest pain.
  • You vomit a large amount of blood or what looks like coffee grounds.
  • You have severe stomach pain.
  • You pass maroon or very bloody stools.
  • You can't swallow.
  • You have severe trouble breathing.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have any stomach pain.
  • You have signs of an infection, such as:
    • Pain, swelling, or tenderness in or around your throat, neck, chest, or belly.
    • A fever.
    • A cough.
    • Shortness of breath.
  • You vomit a small amount of blood or what looks like coffee grounds.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You have trouble swallowing.
  • You vomited more than one time since you had an object removed from your throat or esophagus or since you swallowed an object.
  • Your stools are black and tarlike or have streaks of blood.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You still feel like you have something stuck in your throat or esophagus.
  • You do not get better as expected.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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