A troubled patient. Admits to ingesting batteries.
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Two AA batteries project over the abdomen - one in the stomach and the other more distally in the small bowel.
The ingestion of foreign bodies - batteries are a favourite it seems - occurs broadly in 2 key patient groups:
- young children - exploring the world
- challenged or troubled adults - a variety of reasons including depression, suicide attempts and attention seeking/cry for help
Images are taken to:
- confirm ingestion has taken place
- to see what has been ingested and where the objects lie