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Swallowing of nail - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   Ok, to cut a long story short, my friend swallowed a nail. It punctured his intestine. It went in about 1/8th into the intestine, and has the width of a small nail. He is at the hospital, but I am long will he need to be IN the hospital?
Doctor :  
What is his current clinical status
Doctor :  
It depends on the current response
Doctor :  
and the other parametres
User :   i am not family member, so they cannot tell me. he is in surgery right now.
User :   he's 14.
Doctor :  
It takes anything between 7 to 14 days
User :   even though it's just 1/8th?
User :   of an inch?
User :   please hurry! i only have five minutes!
User :   I don't mean to sound rude, I'm just worried.
Doctor :  
Look the depth of injiuryu is not the criteria
Doctor :  
what is the state of his food pipe
Doctor :  
and any infection intruded

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