Ingested button battery

Case contributed by Henry Knipe
Diagnosis certain


?ingested foreign body.

Patient Data

Age: 18 months
Gender: Male

 Round metallic foreign body projects over the left abdomen in keeping with history of ingested button. No free gas or evidence of bowel obstruction. Lungs and pleural spaces are clear.      

Case Discussion

Batteries that become lodged in the esophagus or trachea can cause serious burns that lead to serious morbidity (e.g. perforation, fistula) and death with 2 hours. Prompt recognition and discussion with the referrer is vital. 

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