Tracheoesophageal injury secondary to disc battery ingestion

J Pediatr Surg. 1988 Nov;23(11):996-8. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(88)80003-4.


With electronic miniaturization, disc batteries have become increasingly popular; hence, they are ingested more frequently by children. Their small size and benign appearance belie their caustic nature. This case report illustrates the principles of management, and is the eighth report of major complications from disc battery impaction in the esophagus. We believe our patient is the youngest child reported, to date, to have suffered this injury. The pathophysiology and surgical management are discussed, and a protocol for the management of suspected disc battery ingestion is presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Burns, Chemical / etiology*
  • Caustics / adverse effects*
  • Electronics / instrumentation*
  • Esophagus / injuries*
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Miniaturization / instrumentation*
  • Trachea / injuries*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / etiology*


  • Caustics