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Nasal Disc Battery Removal: A Novel Technique Using a Magnetic Device

Alletag, Michelle J. MD*; Jacobson, Donald RN; Santucci, Karen MD; Riera, Antonio MD

Pediatric Emergency Care:
doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000168
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Abstract: Disc batteries as foreign bodies present challenges in both diagnosis and management and carry a high risk for complications. We describe a novel device for disc battery removal using a magnet and basic medical supplies readily available in the emergency department setting. We also review diagnosis, complications, and management recommendations for disc batteries as foreign bodies.

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From the *Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX; †Yale New Haven Hospital; and ‡Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Michelle J. Alletag, MD, 1935 Medical District Drive, Mail Code E2.03, Dallas, TX 75235 (e-mail:

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.