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Bilateral vocal palsy following coin cell lithium battery ingestion: a case report and review


Button battery ingestion in children is not a rare occurrence and may be unwitnessed and can be soon life-threatening or responsible for severe sequelae. We report herein an original history of previously healthy 16-month-old boy with an unwitnessed and misdiagnosis of lithium cell coin battery ingestion which leads to bilateral vocal palsy. The patient underwent a unilateral posterior cordotomy and was successfully extubated. Conclusion: Early recognition of a lithium cell coin battery for rapid removal, even if insufficient at first, is the main condition to limit complications. Unusual upper respiratory distress in a young child should alert practitioners in performing a chest and neck X-ray without undue delay.

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Simonin, M., D’Agostino, I., Lebreton, M. et al. Bilateral vocal palsy following coin cell lithium battery ingestion: a case report and review. Eur J Pediatr 172, 991–993 (2013).

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