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Prognosis

In most cases the outlook is excellent; the object will pass on its own or can be removed without complications.

Complications from esophagoscopy can include bleeding, tears in the esophagus or complications from the anesthesia. Complications of the balloon catheter technique include vomiting, short-term blockage of the airway and injury to the esophagus. However, these complications are rare.

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