Battery Ingestion (cont.)
Battery Ingestion Prognosis
For the majority of cases of disk battery ingestion, conservative therapy is all that is needed. The battery will pass on its own.
A disk battery lodged in the esophagus is rare. Only two cases of 2382 studied had a major outcome. Both were young children with a large cell (20-23 mm) lodged in the esophagus.
When a battery narrows or blocks the esophagus, severe bleeding or abnormal passages from the esophagus to other organs may occur. All can be aided by surgery, but outcomes can be severe.
Heavy metal poisoning, while theoretically possible, has not been clinically reported.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2014
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