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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
23 years experience 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
33 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Go to hospital: Battery can leak and cause significant internal damage.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Highfill
25 years experience 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
17 years experience Gastroenterology
X-ray: An x-ray would be able to tell you.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
39 years experience 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
23 years experience 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
33 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Go to hospital: Battery can leak and cause significant internal damage.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience 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
33 years experience 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
46 years experience 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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