Disc Battery in Esophagus

Extraction Case

Disc batteries are one of the most dangerous choking hazards, because they can burn through the esophagus (in as little as 2 hours) and cause a serious chest infection.

After suspected disc battery ingestion, give the patient honey as soon as possible (then seek urgent medical attention in the closest Emergency Room).

Please do NOT give honey to children under one year of age (because of the risk of Botulism).[Ref:54]

This is what we knew about honey before 2018.[Ref:53]

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.

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Extraction Video

This animated video was originally created to help teach medical students (via CESEI, the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation).

Did You Know?!

The presence of older siblings in the household increases the risk for choking, possibly because toys and other objects with small parts are more likely to be present and caregiving activities, such as feeding, to be undertaken by older siblings.[Ref:44]