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Esophageal perforation secondary to alkaline battery ingestion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  470278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 16-month-old infant ingested an alkaline battery, 22 mm x 5 mm, which became entrapped in her esophagus. She was brought to the emergency department with a four-day history of vomiting. After tube thoracostomy, the battery was removed by esophagoscopy. However, she experienced cardiac arrest in the intensive care unit. Post mortem examination revealed exsanguination by perforation of the posterior aspect of the aortic arch as the cause of death. Microscopic examination showed liquefaction necrosis through the mucosa and submucosa of the esophagus into the upper mediastinum and right pleural space. The possible role of the alkaline center of the battery causing perforation is presented.
C L Shabino; A N Feinberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JACEP     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0361-1124     ISO Abbreviation:  JACEP     Publication Date:  1979 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-10-26     Completed Date:  1979-10-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0317011     Medline TA:  JACEP     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  360-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aorta, Thoracic
Aortic Rupture / etiology
Esophageal Perforation / etiology*
Foreign Bodies / complications*
Metals, Alkaline Earth / adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals, Alkaline Earth

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