First Aid/battery consumption???


QUESTION: I'm teenager who enjoy drinking alcohol so I got drunk and didn't remember anything until I was told I ate 6 circle batteries they explained it to look like buttons but my stomach is killing me and my throat burn a little and im having stomach cramps,it feels like I can taste the metal battery my stomach feels kind of tight is this something I should be concerned about?

ANSWER: Hello Porsher,

Unfortunately this IS a medical EMERGENCY! you should get to the hospital as soon as possible for treatment for metals poisoning and chemical burns. Here is a flow chart I pulled up to partially illustrate possible treatments.

Good luck, get better soon.


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QUESTION: Thanks about replying before about the battery ingestion but up until now I've been kinda scared to tell my mother about it is there any other way around this like can it come out with my stool or something?I didn't tell the gastrointestinal doctor either :( its kinda embarrassing finding 6 batteries in a 17 yr old stomach on an xray image because I was drunk

Hello Porsher,

Your health out-ways any embarrassment you might encounter. A lot of people to stuff a lot worse than this... but you need to get examined, probably a blood test to see what your toxic levels are (mercury, lithium, lead,...) and then they can start treatment to bring those values down. The longer those poisons stay in your body the more damage they will do and the harder it will be to remove them. Please see your doctor as soon as possible, your health depends on it.


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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.


I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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