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A 38-year-old female asked:

piece of steak is lodged in my esophagus. i cannot swallow even saliva, is this an emergency?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
YES IT IS: If truly stuck. Heimlich maneuver is effective if piece of food is stuck in wind-pipe & subject can not breathe. Thus advise going to your local er for evaluation & help. Good luck.

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A 53-year-old female asked:

My esophagus has beenspasming for over 8 hrs. I keep regurgitating my saliva. Cant swallow. What can I do to make it stop until i can see my doctor?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Go to ER: You need to go to er now. You can not wait to see your doctor. You are high risk for aspiration pneumonia to occur especially if you are choking on your secretions. Hope all goes well.

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Last updated Aug 4, 2013

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