Battery Ingestion (cont.)
Battery Ingestion Causes
Disk battery ingestion most commonly occurs in children younger than 5 years of age and in elderly people.
Common scenarios of ingestion involve young children swallowing their own hearing aid battery or eating batteries lying loose after they were removed from a device. Other times, the batteries are mistaken for a pill and ingested.
Occasionally, people accidentally swallow a battery because they hold it in their mouth when changing a watch battery. Only a very small number of people intend to commit suicide by ingesting disk batteries.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2014
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