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A 20-year-old female asked:

I swallowed a bobby pin, will i be okay?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
EVAL: I would seek medical evaluation. Some objects pass easily through the digestive tract. The problem with a bobby pin is that it is elongated and narrow. Thus it could get caught up in or puncture the GI tract.
Dr. Clarence Wimberly
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bobby pin: Most people would not be able to pass a bobby pin. This would stay in your stomach will need to be removed.
Dr. David Jakubowicz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: The bobby pin can pierce your pharynx or esophagus. Make sure you get an x-ray to make sure it went down and ultimately eliminated in your stool.
Last updated Jan 20, 2021

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