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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2015, Article ID 345050, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/345050
Case Report

A Case of Battery Ingestion in a Pediatric Patient: What Is Its Importance?

1Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, American University of Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107-2020, Lebanon
2Division of General Surgery, American University of Beirut, P.O. Box 11-0236, Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107-2020, Lebanon

Received 1 November 2014; Revised 11 January 2015; Accepted 12 January 2015

Academic Editor: Bibhuti Das

Copyright © 2015 Elie Alam 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.

Abstract

This is a case of a two-year-old boy who has been suffering from food regurgitation and frequent vomiting over the past seven months which were progressively worsening with time. He was initially diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease and treated accordingly but responded only minimally. Investigations and interventional procedures including a chest X-ray showed a metallic round object in the upper esophagus consistent with a button battery which was removed via a thoracotomy after an esophagoscopy was not successful. This child would not have developed such serious complications and would not have required major surgery had the foreign body been identified and removed early on.