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The X-Ray and the Button Battery

from Emergency Medicine News

An 11-month-old girl was brought to the emergency department with a two-week history of pooling secretions and feeding intolerance. A chest radiograph was performed, and detected a button battery. ENT was consulted emergently, and the patient was taken to the operating room for a laryngoscopy. The battery was retrieved, and the patient was found to have erosion and perforation of the posterior esophageal wall, which was repaired. more

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