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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends on location: If the battery reaches the stomach, it will be allowed to pass through the body. If it becomes lodged in the throat or esophagus, it must be retrieved ... Read More

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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
Go to hospital: Battery can leak and cause significant internal damage.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Highfill
24 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Caustic : Battery ingestion should always be evaluated on an emergency basis. The battery leakage results in caustic injury and possible death. In addition the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
X-ray: An x-ray would be able to tell you.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Go to emergency room: Button battery can cause severe problems in the esophagus, including perforation.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
22 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: The size of the aa battery is quite large for the anatomy of a 3 year old child. She could develop serious problems in trying to pass something that s ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
Go to hospital: Battery can leak and cause significant internal damage.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
See doc now. Need XR: Swallowed batteries need immediate removal as they pass current through tissues which can lead to puncture of .Intestinal wall.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not that common: Button batteries are bad because the electric current does cause chemical burns in the GI tract. However, it usually only happens if the button is stu ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Sudden colic: It is hard to define the delay before symptoms as ingestion is often unrecognised. Abdominal cramps/pain/sudden change in behavior may be your only si ... Read More
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