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Wingate, NC
A 37-year-old male asked:

If someone drinks water, is swallowing required not to choke or can a person pour water down their throat and be fine as long as they don't breath?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Anatomy: I don't know where this odd question is coming from. But, there is a peristalsis to swallowing, a natural reflex that not only pushes the fluid forward but also protects from getting any fluid into the trachea.
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