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A 36-year-old member asked:

What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Nothing: Plastic fork pieces are non-toxic and do not have significantly sharp outside edges even if broken. Your intestines are used to reacting to sharp objects by retracting and so penetration is extremely unlikely. Swallowing pieces of plastic cutlery is probably very common and I have seen no reports about this in the medical literature. So don't worry about it.
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
May 27, 2017

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