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Irish doctors perform difficult surgery after woman swallows more than 50 batteries

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Sep 19, 2022

Irish doctors recently treated the unusual case of a patient who had ingested more than 50 AA and AAA cylindrical batteries. The incident erupted when a report was published by the Irish Medical Journal on Thursday, detailing the patient’s arrival at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

When the 66-year-old woman arrived at the hospital, an x-ray was taken which revealed the foreign objects in her body. As an initial reaction, the doctors were relieved to find that none of the batteries were obstructing his gastrointestinal tract and that none of the batteries showed signs of structural damage.

How was the “unusual case” handled?

Doctors initially decided to wait for the woman to get the piles out of her body. Over a period of one week, the patient managed to release five AA batteries. However, subsequent x-rays showed most were still stuck inside.

Following the patient’s complaint of abdominal pain, doctors realized that the woman’s distended stomach was hanging over her pubic bone due to the weight of the remaining piles that were still stuck inside.

After the discovery, a team of surgeons decided to drill a small hole in his abdomen to remove an additional 46 batteries which included both AA and AAA types.

However, despite the surgery, four batteries remained stuck in the colon. As explained in the report, doctors ‘treated’ the piles in the patient’s rectum to remove them from her anus. This brought the total number of batteries she ingested to 55.

“To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the highest number of batteries ingested at any given time,” the surgeons said according to the journal.

Although the incident caused some curious confusion, the report also informed readers that ingesting batteries is considered a serious method of self-harm. The authors of the report published by the Dublin-based hospital noted that the act can cause serious medical problems, including “mucosal lesions, perforations and obstructions”.