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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:

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.

    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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