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TAMAYO MENESES, Luis; TAPIA LOZANO, Rosa  y  YANIQUEZ ZUNAGUA, Ronald. Lesiones cáusticas por ingesta de pilas alcalinas: reporte de dos casos . Cuad. - Hosp. Clín. [online]. 2008, vol.53, n.1, pp. 44-47. ISSN 1562-6776.

Children can ingest anything driven by curiosity and eagerness to identify objects; eighty percent of accidents occur during infancy. Fortunately, in most cases, objects are eliminated without problems with faeces, requiring endoscopic extraction only in 10-20% of the cases, and surgery in less than 1%. It is virtually impossible to mention all the objects that children can eat. We describe two cases of ingestion of lithium batteries, where the respective extraction was performed by endoscopy and clinical lesions were found in the hypopharinx and oesophagus. We mention the ingestion of objects in general with emphasis on the actualization of ingestion of alkaline batteries.

Palabras clave : Objects; lithium battery; caustic oesophagitis; caustic pharingitis.

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