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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2015, Article ID 790830, 3 pages
Case Report

Lithium Battery Ingestion: An Unusual Cause of Bilateral Cord Palsy

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, New Delhi 110001, India

Received 1 June 2015; Accepted 3 August 2015

Academic Editor: Dinesh K. Chhetri

Copyright © 2015 Gautam Bir Singh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Bilateral vocal cord palsy is a rare but life threatening complication of lithium battery ingestion in children. This complication is mostly missed by otorhinolaryngologists due to lack of awareness on the cited subject. We present one such rare case in an infant, where the clinical presentation was found to be unique but hitherto unreported in the medical literature. This clinical record discusses this case in light of the scant current medical literature on the subject and highlights the importance of cautious monitoring of patients presenting with signs of respiratory distress after lithium battery removal.