Button battery: a case of neglected foreign body nose


  • Soumick Ranjan Sahoo Department of ENT, Steel Authority of India Limited, IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur Hospital, West Bengal, India
  • Nilanjan Datta Department of ENT, Steel Authority of India Limited, IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur Hospital, West Bengal, India




Button battery, Neglected, Foreign, Body


Button batteries are amongst the most dangerous foreign bodies which can accidentally be put by the child in their nostril and causes extensive tissue damage. The longer the foreign body is lodged in the nostril the more is the damage which can occur. Such foreign bodies in the nose may immediately be reported or sometimes may be reported later on with complains of unilateral foul-smelling rhinorrhoea. Whatever, may be the case the button battery needs to be immediately removed. In addition to removing the foreign body ENT surgeon needs to manage complications such as necrosis of septum, septal perforation etc. We are reporting a case of button battery in a 5-year-old child which was inserted in the left nostril one and half months back. Patient was posted in OT and button battery removed under general anaesthesia. Complication such as necrosed septum, granulations and septal perforation were noted on nasal endoscopy and were managed conservatively.


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