Spondylodiscitis complicated by the ingestion of a button battery: a case report

Korean J Radiol. Nov-Dec 2008;9(6):555-8. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2008.9.6.555.


A one-and-a-half year old boy who presented with a cough, irritability, and refusal of food was found to have an impacted foreign body in his upper esophagus. We present the radiologic findings of the foreign body (a button battery) impacted in the upper esophagus and its complications; namely, mediastinitis and spondylodiscitis after endoscopic removal. Further, plain radiograph and MR imaging findings are discussed along with literature review.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Discitis / diagnosis
  • Discitis / etiology*
  • Esophagus*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Mediastinitis / diagnosis
  • Mediastinitis / etiology
  • Radiography