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Battery Ingestion (cont.)

Battery Ingestion Diagnosis

  • Radiographic studies of the entire digestive system may be taken. Disk batteries have a characteristic double-density (two-layer) shadow on X-rays. Laterally, their edges are rounded, and they contain a step-off junction at the positive and negative terminal. This can help distinguish them from coins and buttons.
  • If a battery is located in the esophagus (food pipe), immediate removal is necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2014
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