Vascular ring complicates accidental button battery ingestion

Clin Imaging. 2015 May-Jun;39(3):510-2. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2015.01.009. Epub 2015 Jan 16.


Button battery ingestion can lead to dangerous complications, including vasculoesophageal fistula formation. The presence of a vascular ring may complicate battery ingestion if the battery lodges at the level of the ring and its important vascular structures. We report a 4-year-old boy with trisomy 21 who was diagnosed with a vascular ring at the time of button battery ingestion and died 9 days after presentation due to massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding from esophageal erosion and vasculoesophageal fistula formation.

Keywords: Button battery; CTA; Fatal outcome; Vascular ring; Vasculoesophageal fistula.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Electric Power Supplies*
  • Esophageal Diseases / complications
  • Esophageal Diseases / etiology*
  • Esophageal Fistula / complications
  • Esophageal Fistula / etiology*
  • Esophagus / blood supply*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ulcer / complications
  • Ulcer / etiology*