Q. Swallowed a piece of plastic fork. Will it dissolve and pass through?

Answered by
Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 08, 2016 and last reviewed on: Sep 07, 2019

Hi doctor,

About 9 hours ago, I swallowed a 1 inch piece of plastic fork. Will it damage my intestine, colon or anus? Or will it dissolve and pass through? Please explain.

Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Internal Medicine


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  • Plastic is inert and indigestible. Hence, it will pass down the digestive tract unabsorbed and unknowingly in the stool.
  • However, if the fork tine you have consumed is sharp, then there is a probability of it getting stuck or piercing intestinal wall. If you have any symptoms like abdominal pain, constipation or vomiting or melena, then visit the emergency room (ER).
  • Otherwise, you can stay cool and just have more water and fiber diet, which will help in enhancing intestinal motility and throwing out in poop.
  • Also, you have to be more careful and never repeat that again.

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