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Doctor insights on: Swallowing Small Salmon Fish Bones

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Can intestines & esophagus feel pain? I.e. if you swallowed a fish bone even a small one, & it stabbed or scratched, would you feel it? Or not know?

Can intestines & esophagus feel pain? I.e. if you swallowed a fish bone even a small one, & it stabbed or scratched, would you feel it? Or not know?

Not after a point: The intestines only have stretch pain fibers, so they would not "feel" a stab or poke. Your abdomen would feel the inflammation created if something caused a hole or infection. The upper esophagus may give you a bit more sensation, but once it's in the stomach, only thing you would feel is stretch pain (like after eating at a buffet), so a bone would not cause mush sensation at all. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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9 weeks pregnant swallowed small sunny fish bone would it be harm to the baby?

9 weeks pregnant swallowed small sunny fish bone would it be harm to the baby?

Nope :-): Don't worry you stomach acid will quickly digest the bone. Your baby will be fine. ...Read more

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I swallowed a fish bone, and now I have chest pain. I need answers?

Swallowed fishbone: More info is needed. How large was the fishbone. Can you continue to swallow normally. How much time has elapsed since the even? You may need o undergo either imaging/ and/or endoscopy of symptoms do not resolved shortly. A visit with your doctor is suggested for evaluation and/or referral. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to swallow fish bones? I feel an obstruction that comes and goes.

Is it dangerous to swallow fish bones? I feel an obstruction that comes and goes.

Don't swallow bones.: Bones are not easily digestible, but the real risk of swallowing fish bones is that they may pierce the esophagus and become stuck. It is the small bones that pose the greatest risk. It is best to remove bones before eating or to be extremely careful. If a bone sticks in your throat go to the er for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the effect if someone swallowed a fish bone?

What is the effect if someone swallowed a fish bone?

Maybe nothing, but..: Small fish bones may pass harmlessly through your gut. However, if they turn sideways, they may get stuck at any point. This may cause local inflammation (in the esophagus and throat it may feel like something is stuck when it is not), rupture, foreign body reactions, and impede eating as food backs up behind the obstructing bone. Fish bones are frequently not seen by x-ray. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a fish bone be digested if swallowed?

Please tell me, could a fish bone be digested if swallowed?

Yes: Because they are thin they are likely digested and eliminated in the stool. It is best to avoid the bones as they could remotely puncture the lining of the organs. So try to fillet or remove as many bones of the fish as possible. ...Read more

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Can perforations or fistulas occur in the upper/lower GI without any symptoms or signs, after swallowing fish bone? Worried I'll drop dead w/o warning

Can perforations or fistulas occur in the upper/lower GI without any symptoms or signs, after swallowing fish bone? Worried I'll drop dead w/o warning

No: Dropping dead without warning is quite rare in modern life, with or without a fishbone. Our gut has a remarkable ability to handle small sharp objects, coating them and pooping them out. The things that cause perforations are objects like button batteries (electrochemical damage to our gut) and magnets (sticking together to cause pressure damage). The damage leads to pain and other symptoms. ...Read more

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I swallowed a fish bone (trout) at dinner. It didn't get stuck in my throat, but I've heard it can be dangerous. What signs should I watch for?

I swallowed a fish bone (trout) at dinner. It didn't get stuck in my throat, but I've heard it can be dangerous. What signs should I watch for?

If it did not get: Stuck in your throat, chances are very high that it will pass in your stool in 2-3 days without any problems, assuming your intestinal tract is normal. If you develop any abdominal pain, you should seek medical care. ...Read more

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Fish bone swallowed a week ago. Having chest pain. X-ray done they see nothing cardiac issues ruled out. Still throbbing pain in chest. Nothing helps?

Fish bone swallowed a week ago. Having chest pain. X-ray done they see nothing cardiac issues ruled out. Still throbbing pain in chest. Nothing helps?

Barium study: If that was a plain X-ray fish bones may not be seen since fish bone is mainly cartilage. Therefore perhaps a barium swallow looking for a tear or CT to look for air outside the esophagus will provide more information. When all else fails a gastrointestinal physician and scope and endoscopy should be considered ...Read more

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Fish bone stuck in throat. Doesn't hurt when swallowing saliva. Have a feeling it's there but it doesn't hurt at all. Should I worry or wait it out?

Fish bone treatment: You might try either eating a large piece of bread with peanut butter, or a banana to dislodge the fish bone. If this does not work and it is still there after a day, a visit to the ENT doctor is in order. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed fish bone or chicken bones while pregnant will it harm the baby? Does it cross the placenta? What can and can't cross placenta?

Accidentally swallowed fish bone or chicken bones while pregnant will it harm the baby? Does it cross the placenta? What can and can't cross placenta?

No: The only person at risk would be you if you swallowed a bone big and sharp enough to harm your intestinal tract. There's nothing in fish or chicken bone that even if digested would be harmful to the baby. ...Read more

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Adult maybe swallowed a small piece of a rib bone. Any concerns, no symptoms, not sure if he swallowed it, ?

Adult maybe swallowed a small piece of a rib bone. Any concerns, no symptoms, not sure if he swallowed it, ?

How small?: Small bone fragments may pass harmlessly through your gut. However, if they turn sideways, they may get stuck at any point. This may cause local inflammation (in the esophagus and throat it may feel like something is stuck when it is not), rupture, foreign body reactions, and impede eating as food backs up behind the obstructing bone. Tiny bone fragments may not be readily found on x-ray. ...Read more

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What happens when you accidentally swallow a small round chicken bone when you eat the rice and you see it was no there in the bowl at all?

What happens when you accidentally swallow a small round chicken bone when you eat the rice and you see it was no there in the bowl at all?

Hope: You hope it passes through your bowels and does not get stuck somewhere along your intestinal tract, so check your stools in the next day or so. If any pain or discomfort, see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swallowed a small chicken bone last nite. I felt little pain like it was stuck. Now its sore, feels that way again. How much would it hurt if stuck?

Impossible: To answer without visualizing your throat and esophagus. I suggest and ENT exam to visualized your throat completely. ...Read more

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I think I swallowed a small chicken bone 1 hr ago. What should I do?

I think I swallowed a small chicken bone 1 hr ago. What should I do?

It depends...: A person who swallows a small hard object such as a piece of bone, and then continues to eat solid food without problems... need not worry. If he was able to eat foods like bread or meat afterwards, then he knows the small hard object is in his stomach. Small bones that get in the stomach just get pooped out with the regular poop... unless you are really, really unlucky. So, generally, no worries. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone. He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp. What to do?

My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone. He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp. What to do?

Not a problem: Button batteries, pieces of jagged metal, carpet tacks, straight pins or needles I worry about, this I ignore if it makes it into the stomach. (if he can drink it went in okay). ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed a small chop bone and now got bad ear pain, am worried about getting appendicitis, what will happen and what should I do?

Foreign objects: Children swallow bones all the time. The ear pain is frightening but will pass. Appendicitis is very unlikely to happen because of a swallowed bone. Chew and swallow carefully. ...Read more

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I had Tetanus shot last year 2016, when I was 3 to 4months pregnant. How to cure my finger that one little bone (tiny bone of small fish) stuck on it?

I had Tetanus shot last year 2016, when I was 3 to 4months pregnant. How to cure my finger that one little bone (tiny bone of small fish) stuck on it?

Tetanus is 10 years: Tetanus booster shots are good for 10 years. If a small bone is pricked your finger, it will probably heal without any issue. If it starts to turn red and irritated or pus is coming out you need to see a doctor for antibiotics. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I swallowed a small piece of chicken bone lastnite it is in my throat I can feel it whenever I try to hack it up and its not coming out, what to do?

I swallowed a small piece of chicken bone lastnite it is in my throat I can feel it whenever I try to hack it up and its not coming out, what to do?

Foreign body: This is a common occurrence for people. Fortunately, most of the time, it is a scratch in the throat that you are feeling and not the actual chicken bone. However, I would recommend that you go to a walk-in or ED, where an X-ray can be done to check for a retained bone. If this is the case, a brief surgical procedure would be necessary to remove it. ...Read more

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I feel like I've got a cut in my throat, I swallowed a small chicken bone the other day, I think and now it hurts when I eat?

Depends on: How long ago, how severe your pain is, and associated symptoms such as fever, inability to phonate, chest pain, etc. It is unlikely that the bone perforated your esophagus, but certainly possible that it caused a superficial injury. See your doctor to be sure, especially if symptoms are severe or persistent. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have a small piece of bone stuck in my throat? I was eating chicken and I swallowed a small piece of bone. I can feel it stuck in my throat but it doesn't hurt, it is just uncomfortable and I don't know what to do to get it out.

This: This isn't something you are likely to remove yourself nor should you try. Most sharp thin foreign bodies (whether it be chicken bones, fish bones, etc.) typically lodge in recesses or pouches we call the vallecula (at base of tongue) or in the pyriform sinus (on the side of the voicebox) and, therefore, are usually inaccessible to the patient. You should be seen by an ENT physician for a good fiberoptic exam. If nothing is obviously seen but symptoms persist, we generally recommend direct laryngoscopy and exam under anaesthesia for a better look. Impacted foreign bodies unattended to will incite an inflammatory response and make symptoms worsen over time. ...Read more

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Swallowed small chicken bone splinter, felt it claw down my throat about 10 days ago. I have on-off discomfort in my chest/throat. Might be stuck?

Swallowed small chicken bone splinter, felt it claw down my throat about 10 days ago. I have on-off discomfort in my chest/throat. Might be stuck?

Yes indeed: A chicken bone lodged in the wall of the esophagus can do just that -- and eventually pierce the wall to cause even more troubles. Perhaps it's time for endoscopy. I'm glad you asked. ...Read more

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Small fish bone was stuck in throat 5-7mm. Ate some bread and seems to have washed down, now more general pain in the throat. EAt drink beathe ok?

Should pass: Usually this will pass and things to watch for would be severe pain, blood in stool which could be seen as dark, blackish, tarry stool or maroon colored, or vomiting. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallow a small round chicken bone in my rice bowl which I did not see and then my throat hurts a little. What will happens to me?

I accidentally swallow a small round chicken bone in my rice bowl which I did not see and then my throat hurts a little. What will happens to me?

Bowel movement: The chicken bone may have scratched your throat, but usually does not do much more than that. If your throat pain does not improve within the next day, or you have a foul odor from your breath, then you should consider seeing a doctor to examine the scratch further. You will likely pass the chicken bone in your stool. ...Read more

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I swallowed a small deer bone 3 weeks ago. I believe it went down. Now I am having ear pain sore thoart (doesn't look red or irritated) throat tightness and hard to swallow salvia. Can eat and drink though?

Ordinary cold: Your symptoms suggest a typical cold is coming on. There is no relationship between this and the swallowed deer bone which has long been digested and removed from your system ...Read more

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I stepped on a fish bone, how do I treat the wound?

I stepped on a fish bone, how do I treat the wound?

Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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How can you stop choking on a fish bone?

Eat more chicken: I actually have the same problem--unless I'm very careful to remove all the little bones from fish one can get stuck and run me crazy. Usually I can cough it up or it goes down, but sometimes one will have to be removed with a scope. I've been lucky so far and haven't needed that. But I try to be very careful with fish with small bones I can't always see. ...Read more

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Please help, I swallowed a chicken bone, what do I do now?

It depends: How big was the bone? Esophageal complications from swallowing sharp animal bones are common and must be removed by endoscope. If the bone passed through the esophagus without injury and depending on the size and shape, one might consider following the progress through the GI tract for 3 days. Any pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, or melena must be addressed promptly. ...Read more

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What do you do if your child swallows a chicken bone? 10 yr old. Swallowed chicken bone.

What do you do if your child swallows a chicken bone? 10 yr old. Swallowed chicken bone.

An: An airway problem would be unlikely. Most problems relating to impacted thin, sharp, bones manifest with a history of persistent and progressive foreign body sensation in the throat associated with worsened pain during swallowing. X-rays may miss this. If the history fits this pattern, have your chlld seen by an ENT for fiberoptic examination (if child tolerant of it-depending on age) or exam under anaesthesia if necessary for possible foreign body removal. If he is not having any symptoms, or those of minor throat irritation that is improving over a short period of time, he either swallowed it or abraded the mucosal surface during passage in most cases. ...Read more