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Battery Ingestion (cont.)

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.

  • Vomiting
  • Retching (gagging)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Low-grade fever
  • Irritability
  • Persistent drooling
  • Difficulty breathing if the battery is blocking the airway
  • Rash from nickel metal allergy
  • Dark or bloody stools

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 diaper region, or tremors.

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