U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Leesburg, VA
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.
Last updated Aug 4, 2013

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.