The food may move down to the stomach on its own. To help it move the doctor may recommend:
Drinking a carbonated beverage.
An injection of glucagon. It will ease pressure in your throat and may allow food to pass.
An endoscopy may be done if the food does not pass. A scope will be passed through the mouth and down the throat. Small tools will be passed down the tube to remove the food or push it down to the stomach.
Your doctor will look for possible reasons the food was blocked. It may help to prevent another event.
To help reduce your chance of steakhouse syndrome:
Chew slowly and until the food is small enough to safely swallow.
Follow your treatment plan for health issues in the throat or stomach.
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Last Updated: 6/10/2020
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