Best GI Household Batteries in 2022


GI Household Batteries

There are two possible ways to contaminate your GI system with household batteries. You can ingest button-type batteries, but those batteries can be highly corrosive in a short time. A three-volt lithium-ion battery, for example, can cause tissue necrosis in the GI tract within 30 minutes. Also, some batteries contain heavy metals. Heavy metal toxicity may occur after ingesting a battery, but it takes days for the battery to build up in the GI tract. The battery can also cause intestinal obstruction and burns to the stomach and esophagus.

GI endoscopy

The primary aim of GI endoscopy is to remove foreign bodies. In the case of batteries that cannot be removed via the endoscopic method, the procedure can be done via surgery. The procedure may also involve the use of balloons or other dilating devices. In some cases, splinting devices may be left behind. Patients should undergo regular examinations by a GI endoscopist, as it may be necessary to perform a surgical battery removal.

Children and adolescents aged 0 to 17 years old were included in the study. All patients requiring a GI endoscopy had a battery inside them. In each case, prompt removal of the battery is essential to prevent severe complications. Children and adolescents who ingested a battery should be admitted to a GI hospital as soon as possible. A team of pediatricians should be available to guide endoscopic removal of the batteries.

The removal of a GI endoscopy battery has many complications. Disk batteries may be accidentally swallowed and cause esophageal perforation or burn. The risk of developing a tracheoesophageal fistula is also high. In most cases, the battery will pass on its own, but if it becomes lodged in the esophagus or colon, surgical removal may be necessary.

In the present case, four AA batteries were found in the rectum and esophagus. The four AA batteries corroded the mucosa of the stomach, intestine, and colon, and were therefore removed from the patient. The snare was used in both procedures. Further imaging examinations were performed, but the snare did not pick up cylindrical batteries.

After an x-ray, a doctor should extract the cylindrical battery if it is located in the stomach. If it has not passed the pyloric ring, aggressive extraction is recommended. However, in case it has passed the pyloric ring, conservative management may be enough. The doctor can also use polypectomy snares to remove the cylindrical battery. The risk of perforation is higher if the batteries are passed through the pyloric ring.

Most cases of battery ingestion are not witnessed, but patients should be evaluated if they experience symptoms of GI ingestion. Symptoms of button battery ingestion include chest or abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and cough. In addition to these symptoms, patients may experience decreased appetite, cough, and drooling. In some cases, the symptoms may occur weeks to months after ingesting the button battery.

In one study, the time taken between the ingestion of the GI endoscopy battery and removal was 7 h. This interval was shorter for patients with Grade IIIa mucosal injury and grade IIIb mucosal injury. In two patients, removal of the battery was delayed by more than a day because the patient did not have any prior history of ingestion of the battery. A third patient underwent endoscopic removal 21 days after the initial visit, and in one case, the battery was mistakenly misdiagnosed as an artifact.

GI intubation

GI intubation with household batteries is an unusual complication. The GI tract is the most difficult part of the gastrointestinal system to access, and if a battery is inserted, it can block the airway. A patient may be asymptomatic when they first come to the ER, but complications may develop within 24 hours. The patient's asymptomatic state may be indicative of a severe complication.

Upper GI endoscopy showed one AA battery in the gastric fundus. A second battery was not visible up to the third portion of the duodenum. During the procedure, the snare was used to capture the battery and retrieve it. Pediatric colonoscope was used for the second examination. It advanced 80 cm from the ligament of Treitz and failed to locate the second battery. A laparoscopy performed several days later revealed a third battery in the proximal right colon.

In addition to GI intubation, button batteries may also be ingested. The materials of button batteries vary in composition, but most contain potassium or sodium hydroxide. Some are composed of mercuric oxide. If a button battery is ingested, it must be removed immediately, as it can result in local pressure necrosis and need for surgery. The procedure should be performed as quickly as possible after the patient is conscious and has been extubated.

GI endoscopy fails to locate second battery

The first GI endoscopy showed a single AA battery in the gastric fundus. The second battery was not visible up to the third portion of the duodenum. After placing an overtube, the first battery was captured and removed through the overtube. A second examination was conducted using a pediatric colonoscope that was advanced 80 cm from the ligament of Treitz. However, the second GI endoscopy failed to identify the second battery.

A nonurgent upper endoscopy can be performed in this situation when the batteries are located within reach of the upper endoscope. If upper endoscopic retrieval fails to identify the second battery, serial abdominal radiographs can be obtained to follow its progress. If the child has a history of abdominal surgery or the batteries were damaged or lost in the household, prompt endoscopy is indicated. In a few cases, an emergency GI consultation is needed to determine the cause of the failure.

Cylindrical household batteries may lodge in the intestine if not removed promptly. Ingestion of such a battery can lead to intestinal obstruction or perforation. Surgical intervention is necessary only if symptoms persist after 48 hours. However, cases of gastric ulceration have been reported as early as 12 hours after ingestion. Therefore, early endoscopic removal of the batteries is important to avoid perforation.

A repeat X-ray is necessary if the first attempt to remove a household battery fails to locate the second. Occasionally, batteries lodge in the esophagus may pose a low risk of recurrence. After four days, the patient can expect a repeat X-ray. An upper GI surgeon may also need to remove the second battery if it remains in the stomach.

Several cases have demonstrated the difficulty of locating the second battery after GI endoscopy fails to locate a second battery. One patient in particular presented with a case of multiple cylindrical batteries ingested while trying to commit suicide. Although the patient denied having any symptoms, an abdominal film showed that two Duracell 3-volt batteries had been ingested. Despite the difficulty in locating a second battery, the patient recovered both batteries with a Roth net.


Tom Fields

27 years experienced Sales & Logistics Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing & distribution industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Account Management, Product Marketing, and Product Development. 21 Years experience in Domestic & International Hazmat/Dangerous Goods handling, selling, shipping, exporting, & delivering UN3090, UN3480, Lithium Batteries (Primary & Secondary) World Wide by Ground, Air Cargo & IMDG (Sea)

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