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Sometimes after you swallow a pill it may feel like it "got stuck" or
didn't go all the way down. This feeling usually goes away within 30 to 60
minutes if you drink liquids or eat a piece of bread.
You may not have any symptoms when something is stuck in your
esophagus. But when symptoms are present, they
If an object is stuck in your esophagus, your doctor will need to
Most swallowed objects pass through the digestive tract without any
problem and show up in the stool within 7 days. But a swallowed object can
scratch, irritate, or puncture the digestive tract, causing bleeding. Blood in
the vomit can appear bright red or look like coffee grounds (partially digested
blood) and usually comes from the stomach, esophagus, or throat.
July 3, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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