Disc Battery in Esophagus
Disc batteries are one of the most dangerous choking hazards, because they can burn through the esophagus (in as little as 6 hours) and cause a serious chest infection.
Radiographically, some disc batteries look exactly like a coin (potentially delaying diagnosis and treatment). In this case, xrays showed the “double ring” sign which most disc batteries make.
Please keep disc batteries out of reach of young children.
- Preventing Kids from Swallowing Lithium Button Batteries
- ENT Blog: Disc Battery Danger for Kids
- AAP News Article (May 8, 2013)
- Newer Disc Batteries Might Be Safer
This animated video was originally created to help teach medical students (via CESEI, the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation).