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Button Battery Ingestion: The Greek Experience and Review of the Literature.
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PMID:  21346675     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES:: Foreign body ingestion is a common cause of admission in the pediatric emergency room. In the past, button batteries accounted for less than 2% of the foreign bodies ingested by small children, but in the last 2 decades, they show a rapidly increased frequency. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential risk after button battery ingestion in relation with the clinical manifestations and to perform a treatment-observation protocol in accordance with the international procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS:: In a prospective observational analysis from November 2007 through February 2008, 31 cases of button battery ingestion were recorded by the Greek Poison Information Center. The interval between the accidental ingestion and first medical contact ranged from 5 minutes to 10 days. After initial evaluation including clinical examination and radiological localization of the foreign body, all cases were treated as outpatients. Reported complications included "black stools" in 9% and diarrhea in 3% of cases. In 1 case, the battery was endoscopically removed. CONCLUSIONS:: The role of primary care physicians in informing the public about the potential danger of button battery digestion is crucial. Pediatricians should educate the parents about this hazard, as part of the routine guidelines for childproofing at home. Once again, prolepsis is the best policy.
Virginia Amanatidou; Vassiliki Sofidiotou; Kostas Fountas; Angeliki Kalostou; Athina Tsamadou; Vassiliki Papathanassiou; Polyxeni Neou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Poison Information Center, Panagiotis and Aglaia Kyriakou Childrens Hospital, Athens, Greece.
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