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Food Impaction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is food impaction?

Food impaction occurs when food (often meat or fish bones) becomes stuck in your esophagus. Food impaction can occur if your esophagus does not function normally. Food impaction may also happen if you do not have teeth or do not chew your food completely.

How is food impaction diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will ask what your symptoms are, when they began, and what you recently ate. You may need an x-ray to help locate the food in your esophagus. You may need the following treatments:

How can I prevent another episode of food impaction?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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