In general, once an esophageal foreign body is detected, it should be removed promptly. Objects that lodge in the esophagus can result in airway obstruction, stricture. or perforation. Perforation may result in mediastinitis, paraesophageal abscess, or aortotracheoesophageal fistula. Once an object has traversed the pylorus, it usually continues to the rectum and is passed in the stool.
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