Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stomach Foreign Body Treatment

Most swallowed foreign bodies pass through the esophagus, stomach, and intestines without treatment. Treatment for a swallowed foreign body may include waiting for the object to pass, or removing the object. Occasionally, surgery is required to remove the object.

Treatment for a swallowed foreign body may include:

  • Observation: waiting for the object to pass
  • Endoscopy for a swallowed foreign body
    • A flexible scope is used to remove the object from the esophagus, stomach, or the first part of the intestine.
  • Surgery for a swallowed foreign body:
    • May be necessary, in order to remove a sharp or large object from the intestine

Additional medications may be used to relax the esophagus, so that a foreign body may pass into the stomach and ultimately pass through the intestine.

Additional medications used for esophageal foreign bodies include:

Stomach Foreign Body Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of swallowed foreign body?

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Stomach Foreign Body Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a swallowed foreign body:

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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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