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Posted: 2/14/2006 1:24:49 PM EDT
Does the body break it down, does it rot, is it ALL coughed up in time, do the cilia bring it up, or what?
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 1:28:50 PM EDT
this isn't specific to food but may have the answer to some of your questions.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 4:39:17 PM EDT
It will almost always get coughed up. Lungs do not like solid or liquid invaders & will reject it; or at least attempt to.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 4:51:28 PM EDT
Not too much... you'll just die.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 4:54:36 PM EDT
I heard sometimes paralyzed people try to swallow food and it can go down the wrong tube and can cause an infection, they call it aspirations.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 4:55:52 PM EDT
The eppiglottis (sp) spasms.  It will not permit solids or fluids to go down there.

When you drown, it spasms shut.

If you are coughing.....The bit is bounceing around on the eppiglottis.
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