Battery Ingestion (cont.)
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Battery Ingestion Symptoms
Battery ingestion may not be obvious or symptomatic until harmful conditions develop. Thus, medical history and X-ray findings become exceedingly important for diagnosis.
The person who has swallowed a disk battery may have one or more symptoms.
Although mercury-containing cells tend to fragment, no clinical cases of mercury poisoning have been reported. Signs of mercury poisoning are lethargy, excitement, rash in the perineal/diaper region, or tremors.
When to Seek Medical Care for Battery Ingestion
Battery ingestion is a medical emergency. Proceed to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Battery Ingestion Facts
Battery Ingestion Self-Care at Home
The most prudent home treatment for someone who has swallowed a disk battery is to give nothing by mouth and to go to the nearest hospital emergency department. If it will not delay going to the emergency department, bring a sample of the battery ingested. All disk batteries contain an imprinted code that can be used to identify manufacturer, the battery's actual size, and its contents.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/1/2016
Kenneth I Steinberg, DO
Beth A Longenecker, DO
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