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Fatal Outcome of Perforating Lower Esophageal Button Battery in a Child

Srikanth Kadyada Puttaiah, Babu Ram Thapa

Keywords : Button Battery, Perforation

Citation Information : Puttaiah SK, Thapa BR. Fatal Outcome of Perforating Lower Esophageal Button Battery in a Child. Ann Pediatr Gastroenterol Hepatol 2019; 1 (2):22-24.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11009-0014

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 04-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Impacted button battery (BB) in the esophagus can be fatal unless managed emergently. We encountered a 2-year-old male child with respiratory distress from three weeks. Chest-X-ray suggested a radiopaque foreign body, which was confirmed to be esophageal BB during esophagoscopy and subsequently removed. Corrosive nature of BB had perforated the lower esophagus leading to pyopericardium and pyothorax. In spite of appropriate antibiotics and surgical drainage, child died of sepsis. High index of suspicion to identify esophageal BB in cases of unexplained cardio-respiratory symptoms can be helpful in early aggressive intervention.

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