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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Food stuck in throat

05/03/2007

Question:

I have several "pockets" in the back of my throat in which food (?) becomes stuck. It is usually when I have post nasal drip. However, the only way to get it out of the "pocket" is too dig it out with my finger causing me to cough and gag. This is becoming more and more of a problem esp. because I can feel the food stuck in the pockets, but can`t see it until I dig. WHat can I do to rid of this problem?

Answer:

The symptoms you are describing are consistent with small food products getting stuck in your throat called tonsilliths.  Food products get stuck in small creases of the tonsils. A thorough exam by an ENT physician can examine the throat to make sure no other anatomical abnormalities are present.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati