If you swallow and choke on something can the food end up in your lung?

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  1. Maximilian

    Maximilian Lifer

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    Can it? Is there a "wrong tube" for the food to go down? or is there some clever way your bodys arranged that makes it impossible?

    If its not possible what exactly happens when you choke on food?
     
  2. dug777

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    Yes.

    Anatomy 101 ftw ;)
     
  3. Maximilian

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    Seriously?! What happens to it from there? Does the lung absorb it over a number of months/years?
     
  4. 40Hands

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    Hells yeah it can. When I was 6 I inhaled a piece of carrot. The doctors said I was lucky it was raw otherwise they wouldn't have been able to get it out as easily.

    Heh...no! You gag and vomit, gag and vomit, gag and dry heave....repeat.
     
  5. dug777

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    I'd guess you either retch it up, or it rots in your lung, and you die...in the ass ;)

     
  6. BW86

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    impossible? No, but the epiglottis prevents food from going down the trachea when you swallow.
     
  7. Maximilian

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    Sweet, good to know. I think ive coughed up the bit of tuna now and it went down the right tube :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes, when drinking I pound shots of vodka into my lung if my stomach is too full with beer.
     
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    You definately can, i knew i kid that inhaled a blade of grass through his mouth and it got lodged in a lung. He had uncontrollable coughing and vomiting for 2 hours before they performed surgery to remove it.
     
  12. Iron Woode

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    i had something like that happen while I was sleeping.

    I aspirated some of my stomach contents due to acid reflux while I was sleeping. Probably the most unpleasant way to wake up ever. I coughed and hacked for nearly an hour. Getting that horrible aftertaste out of my mouth and throat took nearly an hour.
     
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    True, the body will do everything it can to expel it.

    But when you choke something is lodged at the junction of your windpipe and the stomach tube (don't recall "real names). This is why the heimlich works so well (I've had to do it a few times, it works) - it uses the air in your lungs to push the object out so your body can cough it up.

    Also if somebody is coughing, let them cough it out. It's when they can't breath that you do a heimlich on them. Turning blue means you need to act NOW.
     
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    LOL, typical ATOTer.

    So you potentially were choking on something and the first thing you did was come make a thread about it?

    Amazing.
     
  16. Kirby64

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    Don't lie, you would do it too.