Doctors in Ireland recently removed more than 50 AA and AAA batteries from the intestines and stomach of a 66-year-old woman after she swallowed them in an apparent act of self-harm.
Citing a report published in the Irish Medical Journal, Huff Post reported that the woman was being treated at St. Vincent in Dublin after ingesting an original “unknown quantity” cylindrical battery. Her X-ray showed a foreign object in her body, but doctors said thankfully there was no object obstructing her gastrointestinal (GI) tract and none of the batteries showed signs of damage. structural damage.
Initially, doctors waited for the woman to naturally discharge the battery from her body. In the span of a week, the patient even managed to use five AA batteries. However, X-rays over the next three weeks showed that most were still trapped inside – and the woman also began to have abdominal pain.
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Doctors explained that due to the weight of the batteries, the distended stomach was hanging from the pubic bone. The team then cut a small hole in the stomach and removed 46 batteries – including AA and AAA batteries – out of the organ.
Follow Science Alert, the remaining four batteries, stuck in her large intestine, were “milked” into her rectum and removed through the anus. This brought the total number of batteries ingested to 55. A final x-ray later confirmed that the woman’s digestive tract was officially battery free and she went on to have a “recovery”. abnormal”.
“To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the highest reported number of batteries consumed at a time,” the doctors said according to the outlet.
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They added: “The intentional use of large AA batteries as a form of intentional self-harm is an unusual presentation. The team also notes that this action can cause serious problems, including “mucosal damage, perforation and obstruction”. “The capabilities of cylindrical batteries should not be underestimated in a surgical emergency,” the doctors stated.