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Chief Complaint:

"He Swallowed A Battery"

Published: Oct. 4, 2017
Author: jason.lopez

A mother brings in her 4-year-old son to the Emergency Department because "he swallowed a battery." The patient was playing in the living room and mom stepped out to grab a something from the kitchen. When she returned she saw the patient grab a button battery of the table and insert it into his mouth. She rushed to remove the battery but the patient swallowed the battery. The ingestion occurred approximately 90 mins ago. The patient appears well and has had no episodes of coughing/choking, stridor, increased work of breathing, or vomiting. On examination the child appears comfortable and in no distress. He is playing with his toys and appears non-toxic. His vital signs are all within normal limits. An x-ray of his abdomen is obtained (see media).


What is the next best step in management?

  • observe the patient and discharge home with close follow-up
  • administer ipecac to induce vomiting
  • consult surgery for surgical removal of the battery
  • consult gastroenterology for endoscopic removal of the battery

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