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Difficult button battery ear foreign body removal: the magnetic solution

  • W Nivatvongs (a1), M Ghabour (a1) and G Dhanasekar (a1)

Abstract

Background:

Removing a button battery from the ear can be a tricky and challenging procedure.

Method and Results:

We describe the innovative use of a magnetic telescopic rod to successfully remove a button battery from the ear canal of a nine-year-old boy.

Conclusion:

We propose that this equipment should be available in ENT clinics and operating theatres to be used for removing foreign bodies made from ferrous materials.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr W Nivatvongs, Mr Dhanasekar's Secretary's Office, ENT Department, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Cliff Gardens, Scunthorpe DN157BH, UK Fax: +44 (0)1724290050 E-mail: kings_wut@yahoo.com

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