Time to perforation for button batteries lodged in the esophagus.

Affiliation

National Capital Poison Center, Washington, DC, United States; Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, United States; Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, United States. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

New strategies recently proposed to mitigate injury caused by lithium coin cell batteries lodged in the esophagus include prehospital administration of honey to coat the battery and prevent local hydroxide generation and in-hospital administration of sucralfate suspension (or honey). This study was undertaken to define the safe interval for administering coating agents by identifying the timing of onset of esophageal perforations.

Keywords

Button battery,Esophageal injury,Esophageal perforation,Foreign body ingestion,

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