What Happens When Glass Is Swallowed?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 3:11:52 AM ET

When glass is swallowed, it can cause complications, as the sharp edges can tear the tissues, particularly those in the esophagus, and can end up causing an infection according to Drugs.com. Glass pieces can also get lodged into various areas of the gastrointestinal tract, such as positions at the level of the collarbone, at the center of the chest and just where the esophagus leads into the stomach. To prevent further damage, it is important to seek immediate medical attention and have the glass pieces removed immediately, especially if they are stuck.