A Case for Early Bronchoscopic Airway Assessment After Disc Battery Ingestion
Danielle F Wurzel, I Brent Masters, Kelvin L Choo, Alan F Isles
PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2014
Disc battery ingestion in children is becoming increasingly common with the proliferation of small battery-powered electronic devices. In the case of esophageal impaction, the likelihood and severity of complications are proportionate to the time between ingestion and removal. Tracheo-esophageal fistulae (TOF) are a recognized complication and can be life-threatening. We describe an interesting case of disc battery ingestion with delayed recognition of a TOF. We document the tracheal mucosal healing process of a large airway defect and describe the role of bronchoscopy in guiding the timing of surgical intervention. This case highlights the important role of early bronchoscopic assessment in..View full abstract
Funding source: Thoracic Society of Australia, National Health and Medical Research Council and Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute.