Evaluation of A Case of Battery Ingestion with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Metal Analysis

  • Mukaddes Gürler, Associate Prof.] Associated Professor of Medical Biochemistry Hacettepe University Medical Faculty, Departments of Medical Biochemistry and Forensic Medicine
  • Sultan Pehlivan, [MD] Ankara Branch of Council of Forensic Medicine, Department of Morgue
  • Aynur Altuntaş, [MD] Ankara Branch of Council of Forensic Medicine, Department of Chemistry
  • Mustafa Karapırlı, [MD] Ankara Branch of Council of Forensic Medicine, Head Office
Keywords: Battery ingestion, foreign body swallowing, ICP/MS, metal analysis

Abstract

Accidents related to swallowing foreign bodies in small children are common. With technological developments the number of battery-powered tools and toys has increased. Produced in various sizes, especially in the form of but- tons, batteries can pose as a danger to children. Heavy metals such as mercu- ry, silver, manganese, zinc, lead, cadmium, nickel, and lithium can be found in batteries. As reported in various studies cases of poisoning caused by the ingestion of batteries has increased in the last 20 years and comprises 2% of

all cases related to swallowing a foreign body.
In this report a 10-month-old infant who died as a result of complications of battery swallowing was evaluated with postmortem examination, to aid in the investigation of the cause of death. Besides the general toxicological anal- ysis and pathological findings inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrome- try (ICP/MS) metal analysis results were evaluated for the first time in a case involving battery ingestion.

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Published
2014-01-20
How to Cite
Gürler, M., Pehlivan, S., Altuntaş, A., & Karapırlı, M. (2014). Evaluation of A Case of Battery Ingestion with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Metal Analysis. Acta Medica, 45(1), 64-67. Retrieved from https://actamedica.org/index.php/actamedica/article/view/150
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Case Report