Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Foreign Body Stomach Outlook

What to expect with swallowed foreign body:

  • The majority of swallowed foreign bodies pass without treatment.
  • Most objects will pass through the intestinal tract within 3-4 days.
  • About 10 to 20 percent of swallowed objects require treatment.

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Last Updated: Aug 12, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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