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Can you swallow your own tongue?

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Dr. Steven Warren answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

In some situations: during a seizure or other unresponsive states the tongue can drop back and fill the pharynx area blocking the trachea Normally you cannot swallow your tongue If you drink too much and pass out it is possible to have the tongue block your airway

Answered 9/14/2015

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Dr. Joyce Pastore answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Tongue trauma: If you had trauma to the underside of the tongue with tearing of the tissue that attaches to the floor of the mouth (frenulum), potentially your tongue could pull backward and obstruct your airway. this can happen when someone has a seizure. A swollen tongue due to an allergic reaction can also obstruct the airway. Very unlikely that your tongue could be detached and you actually swallow it.

Answered 12/31/2016

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Dr. Albert Melaragno answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: This is not something that you should be asking WE WOULD LIKE TO DEAL WITH REAL QUESTIONS

Answered 1/28/2021

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