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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Laura Read

Abstract

Abstract

Foreign body (FB) ingestions are common amongst children less than 5 years of age, more specifically seen in the 6 months to 3-year range.1-3 Albeit button battery (BB) ingestions (BBI) are only a small fraction of total FB ingestions, they have become more prevalent throughout the years with technological advancements. In the past three decades, BBI have increased 7-fold and are the leading cause of death in pediatric poisoning.2 Ingestion of these corrosive batteries can develop lesions with mechanisms causing chemical and electrical injuries.4,5 It is important for advanced practice providers to understand the severity of BBI and the complications if not acted upon in a timely manner.6,7

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