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  • Food stuck in my throat

  • Nasal regurgitation

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  • Something blocking my throat when I swallow

  • Voice comes from the nose rather than mouth

  • Difficult to swallow food because of pain

  • Food gets caught on something when I swallow

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is esophageal foreign body?

The food tube (esophagus) can get blocked with foreign material (organic or inorganic) including food impactions, button batteries, toys, or dentures.

Symptoms of esophageal foreign body

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Difficulty swallowing food due to throat pain

  • Irritability / bad mood

  • Sensation of pressure in the chest

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Feeling breathless

  • Drooling

  • Fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for esophageal foreign body

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose esophageal foreign body

  • Is swallowing difficult for you (e.g. with food or water)?

  • Do you feel pain when you swallow food?

  • Is your child unusually cranky?

  • Do you feel pressure over your chest?

  • Do you have stomach pain in the middle of your abdomen?

Treatment for esophageal foreign body

Generally, all esophageal foreign bodies and food impactions need urgent intervention. Endoscopic removal is the procedure of choice. Impacted button batteries are a medical emergency as damage continues until removal and can cause holes to develop in the esophagus.

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References

  • Olmez S, Saritas B. Esophageal foreign body: Shirdan. J Pak Med Assoc. 2021 Mar;71(3):1050. doi: 10.47391/JPMA.04-552. PMID: 34057980.

    https://ojs.jpma.org.pk/index.php/public_html/article/view/321

  • Esophageal Foreign Bodies - Stat Pearls

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482131/

  • Sahn B, Mamula P, Ford CA. Review of foreign body ingestion and esophageal food impaction management in adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Aug;55(2):260-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.01.022. Epub 2014 Mar 28. PMID: 24686070.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24686070/

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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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