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

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

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. ...Read more

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While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

While eating with a plastic fork, I accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?

Concerns: Unlikely to perforate gut.
Unlikely to digest, but should pass through.
Unlikely to show on x-ray.
Let your doctor know, and be prepared to go to hospital, with abdominal pain.
Eat fiber cereals, bulk to help pass along with adequate daily water. ...Read more

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What to do if I accidentally swallowed small pieces of glass? Or plastic? I think it came from my blender? Eat bread and drink water and milk?

What to do if I accidentally swallowed small pieces of glass? Or plastic? I think it came from my blender? Eat bread and drink water and milk?

You will pass it: Small non sharp inert (non poisonous) objects once you pass nor narrowest part of GI tract located just beyond the throat, you will pas it in the stool. In small children you have worry a it may enter respiratory tract, may choke ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic pen cover?

No harm will come: It will not cause any harm. The plastic piece will be excreted in the feces sooner or later. ...Read more

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I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

Asparagus: For most, a small piece will transit out without difficulty within 3-4 days. If you consume some asparagus, especially in the stringy soupy form, it will form a congeal around the foreign object and soften the edges. Little kids swallow all sorts of stuff and my pedi-surgeon friend used this to help avoid having to go find them surgically. ...Read more

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My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! Do I need to worry!?

My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! Do I need to worry!?

Probably no worry: If he didn't choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?

It shall pass too: As long as this is not causing a problem with your breathing it is not an emergency and it will get through the gastrointestinal tract without causing any internal damage. Take care. ...Read more

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Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?

It could be: Harmful, as if it was sharp, it could have damaged your intestinal tract ranging from your esophagus all the way to your colon. But if it was a very small piece, more than likely it became encapsulated by your stool and at this point, you've likely already pooped it out. You can't digest plastic. At this point, you need to monitor for abdominal pain. If you develop pain reach out to your doc. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didn't choke. Can this cause a disease or will I just poop it out and be fine?

Tastes like plastic.: As long as you didn't' swallow a plastic milk jug, I think you will be fine. But, if bowel problems should arise, best to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

Watch for symptoms: When you swallow something that is small usually the body gets rid of it in your stools. However, if the object is significantly large it might cause intestinal obstruction which requires immediate evaluation. You might present with abdominal pain and difficulty passing stools. If you are presenting symptoms please consider going to the ED. ...Read more

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I may have, not certain, swallowed a very small amount of plastic, it was not heated, from a TV Dinner?

I may have, not certain, swallowed a very small amount of plastic, it was not heated, from a TV Dinner?

Not to worry: While I don't recommend swallowing plastic, our bodies can not digest plastic, so it should harmlessly pass out of your body in your stools. It is possible a large amount could create problems by producing an obstruction, but I can't imagine a very small amount causing any trouble... ...Read more

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I just swallowed a small peice of plastic that was on top of a pen lid, was about an inch long, should I be worried?

I just swallowed a small peice of plastic that was on top of a pen lid, was about an inch long, should I be worried?

Swallowed plastic: Likely will come out in stool, but to be certain f/u w/ urgent. Care, ER. Go immediately if pain. Plastic will be noted on X-ray so the can follow where it is. The article below discusses the issue (in children because they swallow objects). Of note when evaluating constipation there is a medical study that uses PVC markers. Do not worry.

http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2005/0715/p287.htm ...Read more

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I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

I think I swallowed a small piece plastic (thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am I ok.? What should I do.?

Should be fine: This happens often. Don't be concerned. Bread bag ties have gotten trapped in the gut and been found years later. Smaller things pass easily. ...Read more

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My 4, 5 year old swallowed a piece of plastic fork, what can I do? Is it dangerous?

My 4, 5 year old swallowed a piece of plastic fork, what can I do? Is it dangerous?

Usually not: If it made it to the stomach, it should eventually pass in the poo in a few days. If the kid can drink fluids without choking, it made it to the stomach. A pedi surgeon liked to feed the kids stewed okra because if forms a soft bond with the foreign object and helps it move through the gut without scraping the walls. ...Read more

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I swallowed a small plastic bb. Will it effect my body or my blood or will it just pass.??

I swallowed a small plastic bb. Will it effect my body or my blood or will it just pass.??

Should pass: This object is small enough so it shouldn't get caught up in the gastrointestinal tract. I would expect passage rectally within a few days. Contact a physician if you experience discomfort in the chest or abdomen. Obviously the bb bypassed the respiratory tract. ...Read more

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My 14 month old son swallowed 3/4 of an inch of plastic fork. He current has no breathing/swallowing problem, but this happened 2 hrs ago. What do I do?

My 14 month old son swallowed 3/4 of an inch of plastic fork. He current has no breathing/swallowing problem, but this happened 2 hrs ago. What do I do?

Confusing question: You are not clear which end of the fork was swallowed, but do say the kid is now swallowing fine. This small piece could hang in the stomach exit and trigger vomiting or pass on through. A pedisurgeon advised feeding these kids stewed okra, which forms a gell around the sharp edges and helps propell the object trrough the gut. You could have him seen or feed him okra and wait to see what happens. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed a fake plastic tongue piercing what do I do? Will it pass or what should I do? I still feel it going down very slow!

It should pass: It is most likely it will pass in the end. The only way you are going to know for sure is to look for it. An x-ray will show it if it still present but is probably overkill without symptoms. ...Read more

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Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? He accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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I swallowed a small round thin transparent piece of plastic a month ago. In the ER they took a cat scan; an ENT scoped 2x. They can't find it. Help!?

I swallowed a small round thin transparent piece of plastic a month ago. In the ER they took a cat scan; an ENT scoped 2x. They can't find it. Help!?

It should pass: This type of non-organic matter will likely pass through the entire digestive tract eventually without harm. ...Read more

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Q. Hi, I am almost 12 weeks pregnant and my food had tiny particles of plastic (by mistake) so I am worried; in case I accidentally swallowed some : (?

Q. Hi, I am almost 12 weeks pregnant and my food had tiny particles of plastic (by mistake) so I am worried; in case I accidentally swallowed some : (?

Don't worry too much: At the risk of sounding trite, 'this too shall pass.' as long as the particles were small and not any toxic material, they will pass out in a few days. Take care of your baby, eat well, don't smoke or drink, as your OB about medicines, and you will be fine! ...Read more