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

Authors

  • 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 Altunta?, [MD] Ankara Branch of Council of Forensic Medicine, Department of Chemistry
  • Mustafa Karap?rl?, [MD] Ankara Branch of Council of Forensic Medicine, Head Office

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

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Gürler M, Pehlivan S, Altuntaş A, Karapırlı M. Evaluation of A Case of Battery Ingestion with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Metal Analysis. Acta Medica [Internet]. 2014 Jan. 20 [cited 2024 May 20];45(1):64-7. Available from: https://www.actamedica.org/index.php/actamedica/article/view/150

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Case Report