Acquired tracheo-oesophageal fistula after ingestion of a mercury button-battery

Med J Aust. 1986 Oct 20;145(8):412-5. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1986.tb112400.x.


We report the case of a nine-month-old girl with acquired oesophageal stricture and tracheo-oesophageal fistula after the ingestion of a mercury button-battery. In any child with suspected button-battery ingestion an x-ray examination should be carried out to exclude oesophageal impaction which necessitates immediate removal of the battery, as tissue necrosis may occur within hours.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Esophageal Stenosis / etiology
  • Esophagus*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mercury
  • Radiography
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / etiology*


  • Mercury