Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Foreign Body Esophagus Underlying Cause

Most swallowed foreign bodies pass through the esophagus, stomach and intestines, and are expelled in the stool. However, some swallowed foreign bodies cause injury.

Swallowed foreign bodies that may cause injury include:

  • Swallowed button battery
  • Chemicals
  • Large objects:
    • Objects over 1 inch (2.5 cm)
  • Large pills
  • Sharp objects:
    • Pins
    • Glass
    • Nails

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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