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What would happen if you swallow a toothpick

A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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It should pass: out in your bowel movement. If severe pain, go to ER.

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Catherine Carroll
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Toothpicks: Swallowing a toothpick can become serious. The smaller the piece, the less likely you are to have a problem. There is always a chance of a perforation... Read More
Dr. Keith Leap
Emergency Medicine 28 years experience
No worries: It will pass just fine with no problems. Don't worry!
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman
Family Medicine 32 years experience
You are ok: It should pass harmlessly
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Live life: If you can swallow fluids it has made it into your stomach. It should pass in about 3-4 days. If you consume some stewed okra it will form a crud ball... Read More
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Usually: A swallowed piece of toothpick ends in the stool. If such a person develops abdominal pain or vomiting of blood or blood in their stool the emergency... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I : I would consult with your doctor. If it was a smooth object like a penny, it would easily pass with your stool. You may have no difficulty passing it;... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Little risk: Probably this will pass through your intestine and out of your system in a day or two, without problem. If you develop abdominal pain or nausea & ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Swallowed plastic: If it were I, I would sit tight unless there is throat, chest or abdominal discomfort or respiratory issues like persistent cough or wheeze. . There i... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Probably okay: This is a relatively common event, where kids swallow lots of things. If they drink fluids well after you know it made it to the stomach where it will... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Live life: If you can swallow fluids it has made it into your stomach. It should pass in about 3-4 days. If you consume some stewed okra it will form a crud ball... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes: If the toothpick is lodged in your esophagus there is no way of determining other than direct esophagoscopy. If still pain after 24 hrs, this is certa... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aveshen Govender
A Verified Doctoranswered
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Dangerous. See ENT: A sharp foreign body lodged in the throat is dangerous. See an ENT who will do an indirect laryngoscopy and provide you wit( management plan.

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