Swallowed button batteries

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking


Swallowed foreign bodies. History of deliberate self harm.

Patient Data

Age: 20-30
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

There are 2 metallic foreign bodies projected within the mid oesophagus in keeping with ingested button batteries. The lateral projection confirms they are not in the trachea.

No associated mediastinal gas or pneumothorax. The lungs are clear. Sternal wires in keeping with prior surgery for congenital heart disease.

Case Discussion

In general oesophageal foreign bodies are oriented in the coronal plane where as trachea  foreign bodies are oriented in the sagittal plane.

CT showed no evidence of perforation. Oesophagoscopy demonstrated mucosal necrosis.


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Case Information

rID: 50249
Case created: 27th Dec 2016
Last edited: 12th Apr 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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