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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1977 Sep-Oct;86(5 Pt 1):611-5.

Fatal complication from an alkaline battery foreign body in the esophagus.

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.

PMID:
911136
DOI:
10.1177/000348947708600508
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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