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May have swallowed a toothpick; what should I do next?

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May have swallowed a toothpick; what should I do next?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 5 years ago.
As long as you're feeling well, it's probably not necessary to do anything. However, a toothpick can cause perforation and other problems with the intestines. In case you develop abdominal pain or are just feeling bad, see your doctor immediately. A gastroscopy (scope looking into the stomach) can help detect and remove a toothpick if necessary. Since there is a good chance that the toothpick was never swallowed, I think a wait and see approach is best. Best wishes.
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