GI Emergencies: A Quick Reference Guide

Robert C. Lowe, MD; Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc

Chapter 12: Caustic Ingestions, Foreign Bodies, And Food Impactions (continued)

Jennifer A. Sinclair, MD; Charles M. Bliss Jr., MD, FACP

You receive the following call from the emergency department (ED): We have a 46-year-old male with a history of hyper-tension and asthma who came in with the feeling of “food getting stuck” when he swallowed. He was at a barbecue, ate a piece of steak, and when he swallowed, he felt it become “lodged in his chest.” He tried to drink water to help it go down, but says he vomited the water. He is hemodynamically stable, and we are awaiting your advice. Food impactions are a common gastrointestinal (GI) emergency. Both food impactions and foreign bodies tend to become…