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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-33

Button battery ingestion: A therapeutic dilemma and clinical issues in management


1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Adesh Hospital, Kurushetra, Haryana, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Adesh Hospital, Kurushetra, Haryana, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Mullana Medical College, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India
4 Department of Medical Health Services, Patiala, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa
House No. 27-A, Ratan Nagar, Tripuri, Patiala - 147 001, Punjab
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.175454

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Button batteries, also known as disc batteries, are tiny, round batteries commonly present in numerous household electronic gadgets such as watches, calculators, cameras, hearing aids, penlights, remote control devices, and certain toys. Because of their easy accessibility to children, they pose a serious menace of accidental ingestion or inhalation. Most of the ingestions are benign. However, large-sized button batteries when ingested can become impacted in the esophagus or elsewhere in the gastrointestinal tract with life-threatening repercussions. We report a 4-year-old female child brought to our setup by her parents with an alleged history of ingestion of a button battery of the watch approximately about 2 h back. The child, apart from being anxious, was asymptomatic. An initial radiograph of the chest and abdomen was taken, which showed the battery at the distal end of the stomach. Considering the small size of the battery cell and after seeking the gastroenterologist's consultation, it was decided that the child would be managed conservatively with oral antacids and serial abdomen skiagrams were obtained. The button battery was eventually detected in the stools after 2 days.


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