Here are the steps you should follow:
- Immediately call you physician. If you don't have a primary care physician, go the the emergency room.
- DO NOT TRY to induce vomiting. Stay away from the ipecac syrup.
- If you have time and are our patient, call the office and let us know what happened so that we can also contact your physician or the emergency room.
- Also take along the battery package. It's not a requirement, but it will be helpful.
- You need an x-ray of the throat, chest, and stomach. If the battery is still in the throat/esophagus area, it will need to be removed immediately using a special type of fiber optic tool, endoscope. Damage to the esophagus can occur in as little as one hour.
- If the battery moved to your stomach, then you will need to monitor your elimination to ensure that it passes in the stool. If you don't notice it after a week you will need another X-ray.