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Difficult button battery ear foreign body removal: the magnetic solution

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



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.


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.


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:


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