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A 35-year-old male asked:

I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. could this cause any problems as an adult?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
No: As with food products, gum too will pass through the gut without problem. Some studies have shown chewing gum to be effective in reducing symptoms of gastric reflux (heartburn). But there have been no studies showing that swallowing gum is problematic.
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Sticky situation: Gum usually is passed easily through the stools.There has been reports of intestinal blockage in children who swallowed large amounts of gum and were also constipated....It is a good idea to spit it out!
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Last updated Jul 5, 2012

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