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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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?

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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Dr. Addagada Rao
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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 ?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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 ?

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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Dr. Shariq Refai
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Think i accidentally swallowed small pieces of either glass or plastic ? What do I do ? Eat bread ...Drink water and milk ? Motrin ? What would help ?

Dr. Shariq Refai
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Think i accidentally swallowed small pieces of either glass or plastic ? What do I do ? Eat bread ...Drink water and milk ? Motrin ? What would help ?

Nothing. : Dont do anything. If symptoms such as bleeding or alarming symptoms develop go to the er. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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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?

Dr. Paul Grin
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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?

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

Dr. Nicholas Karyotakis
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

Depends how small: Anything smaller than a cm or 1/2 inch should pass without incident. If it is bigger than that or develop any symptoms please visit an emergency room. Do not try to induce vomiting as reching and heaving with a sharp object can cause more damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bruck
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My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! do I need to worry!?

Dr. Michael Bruck
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My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! do I need to worry!?

Probably no worry: If he didnt choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Southard
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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?

Dr. Stephen Southard
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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?

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic (the end of a pen bit but not the nib) I swallowed it and can breathe fine but can feel it (no pain)?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Do not worry: If you swallowed it, not inhaled it, there is no reason to worry. It will come out of the other end on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didnt choke. Can this cause a disease or will i just poop it out and be fine?

Dr. Scott Keith
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Accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic. I feel fine and didnt 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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