Oral exposure of a child to a lithium ion battery

Janice A. Townsend, Ronald Curran

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Battery exposure has the potential for severe morbidity and possible mortality. Accidental exposure is rising with the increased use of button batteries, and young children and older adults are at highest risk for accidental exposure. The purpose of this paper is to report a case of mouth exposure to a lithium ion battery in a boy. A review of the current literature on incidence, diagnosis, and outcomes of battery exposure is presented. When symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal distress of non-specific origin are present, battery ingestion should be included in the differential diagnosis. Dentists may be the first health professionals to encounter battery exposure, especially in the case of mouth exposures. Knowledge of signs and symptoms are necessary to properly diagnose and refer for medical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Dentistry for Children
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Consumer product safety
  • Foreign bodies
  • Pediatric dentistry


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