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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-25

The saga of a neglected foreign body in esophagus


1 Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Paediatric Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Prasanna S Kumar
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai 600 116, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-9748.118716

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An ingested foreign body lodged in the esophagus is common in children. Button batteries impacted in the esophagus need early diagnosis and intervention to avoid complication. We report a case of neglected button battery impacted in the upper esophagus in a 15-month-old female child. The problems encountered during the course of management have been discussed along with the review of the literature. Button battery ingestions in children need to be considered as an emergency and prompt endoscopic removal should be advocated. Rigid esophagoscopy is the gold standard technique of removing esophageal foreign bodies. Complication must be anticipated and managed at the earliest.


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