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Clinical Note
July 2012

Disk Battery Aspiration in a Young Child: A Scarcely Reported Phenomenon

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center (Drs McLarty and Krishnan), and Children's Hospital, Loma Linda University (Dr Rowe), Loma Linda, California. Dr Rowe is now with the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Children's Hospital Central California, Madera.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(7):680-682. doi:10.1001/archoto.2012.1097

Disk (or button) battery ingestion is not uncommon, with an estimated US incidence of 2 to 8 per million annually.1 Reported serious adverse sequelae include esophageal stenosis, tracheoesophageal fistula, vocal cord paralysis, massive bleeding, and death.1,2 There are, however, surprisingly few reports of aspirated batteries in the searchable literature; we found only 2. We present the diagnostic workup and treatment of a previously healthy 4-year-old boy with an aspirated disk battery in the bronchus.