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Swallowed slightly sharp plastic object

Tonight I was using a plastic whistle and a piece popped off into my mouth. It was lodged in my throat for about 30 seconds before going down. It was about the size of two cheerios but it also had a slightly sharp part. I don't feel any actual pain but I do feel discomfort, especially in the area directly below my chest. Do I HAVE to get it checked out or can I just let nature run its course?
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144586 tn?1284666164
The plastic may or may not show up on an x-ray. Depends on the technique.

The suggestion to drink lots of fluids is a food one.

The chances are it will pass. Do a lot of searching through your poo.

If you feel discomfort head to the ER of a teaching hospital.

Bring along the whistle so they can visualize what went in.
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1096512 tn?1384889778
Foreign bodies in stomach may cause serious complications such hemorrhage,obstruction of the intestine,abscess,shock,malnutrition,GI symptoms.It may be an emergency it obstructs and gets lodged near Pyloric sphincter.So have an abdominal X-ray done to locate the object.Take more water.Talk to your doc if you feel uncomfortable suddenly.
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1096512 tn?1384889778
Swallowing of a foreign object into stomach may not cause serious problems until it destroys the mucosa of the GI tract that causes serious hemorrhage.Get an abdominal X-ray done in the morning with out taking any food the other night.Tell your Doc about the situation you face.Drugs may be used to promote bowel movements and let the foreign body come out through rectum.Dont ever to vomit out as that may cause the esophagus rupture.Expulsion of object depends on its consistency and size,location and that can be analyzed through X-ray.There may not be serious complications unless it troubles your routine.Check it with your Doc.Keep me updated.
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