Topic Overview

Sometimes after you swallow a pill it may feel like it “got stuck” or
didn’t go all the way down. This feeling usually goes away within 30 to 60
minutes if you drink liquids or eat a piece of bread.

You may not have any symptoms when something is stuck in your
esophagus. But when symptoms are present, they
may include:

  • Rapid, noisy, or high-pitched
    breathing.
  • Increased drooling.
  • Trouble swallowing,
    pain when swallowing, or complete inability to
    swallow.
  • Gagging.
  • Vomiting.
  • Refusing to eat
    solids.
  • Pain in the neck, chest, or abdomen.
  • Feeling
    that something is stuck in your throat.

If an object is stuck in your esophagus, your doctor will need to
remove it.

Most swallowed objects pass through the digestive tract without any
problem and show up in the stool within 7 days. But a swallowed object can
scratch, irritate, or puncture the digestive tract, causing bleeding. Blood in
the vomit can appear bright red or look like coffee grounds (partially digested
blood) and usually comes from the stomach, esophagus, or throat.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine

Current as ofMarch 20, 2017