Acquired tracheo-esophageal fistulas caused by button battery lodged in the esophagus

Pediatr Surg Int. 2004 Apr;20(4):292-4. doi: 10.1007/s00383-003-1129-8. Epub 2004 May 18.


Esophageal impacting of button batteries must be distinguished from impacting of other foreign bodies because of their severe complications. We present a 2.5-year-old girl who had an acquired tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) caused by a calculator battery lodged in her esophagus. We also review the literature and assess the applicability of multislice CT and its possible advantages in children with acquired TEF.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Electric Power Supplies / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / methods
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed / methods*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / etiology*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome
  • User-Computer Interface