Rare case of spontaneous closure of tracheo-esophageal fistula secondary to disc battery ingestion

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2002 Mar 15;63(1):57-9. doi: 10.1016/s0165-5876(01)00624-3.


Accidental ingestion of foreign bodies by children is not an uncommon event. Now a day, with increasing accessibility of electronic toys and devices to the children, ingestion of miniature size batteries is on the rise [J. Am. Med. Assoc., 249, (1983), 2495]. Unlike the usual foreign bodies, ingestion of button alkaline batteries may be associated with serious complications if not removed early [Am. J. Otolaryngol., 21 (2000) 333]. We report a rare and interesting case, in which a child developed tracheo-esopbageal fistula secondary to disc battery ingestion, and importantly, its conservative management resulting in its spontaneous closure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / diagnosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / etiology*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / therapy