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. Sep-Oct 1977;86(5 Pt 1):611-5.
doi: 10.1177/000348947708600508.

Fatal Complication From an Alkaline Battery Foreign Body in the Esophagus

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Fatal Complication From an Alkaline Battery Foreign Body in the Esophagus

D S Blatnik et al. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. .

Abstract

Foreign bodies and alkali burns in the trachea and esophagus are potentially fatal. Some camera batteries contain 45% potassium hydroxide electrolyte which can leak and cause liquification necrosis upon tissue contact. This report describes a case of an alkali battery foreign body in the esophagus with a subsequent fatal course which was masked by steroid therapy. A discussion of corrosive burns of the esophagus, their etiology, clinical course and pathology is presented.

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