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Doctors treat woman who swallowed 55 AA and AAA batteries

By T.K. Randall
September 19, 2022 · Comment icon 18 comments

As luck would have it, the woman ultimately survived her ordeal. Image Credit: Pixabay / Visor69
The incident, which was evidently an act of self harm, has been described by doctors as a world first.
The patient - a 66-year-old woman from Ireland - had been admitted to St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin after swallowing an unknown quantity of common household batteries.

According to a case report published in the Irish Medical Journal, doctors carried out X-rays of her abdomen and determined that the batteries were intact and hadn't blocked her intestines.

Initially, they attempted to wait it out and see if the woman would pass the batteries naturally, but after a week of waiting and observation, only five had presented themselves.

As she continued to be monitored over the next few weeks, it became increasingly clear that the batteries were not going to come out on their own and she had also begun to experience abdominal pain as a result of her predicament.
When doctors ultimately took the decision to perform surgery, they discovered that her stomach had become stretched and distended due to the weight of the batteries.

Fortunately, however, they were able to remove them all without further incident.

The woman went on to make an "uneventful" recovery.

"To the best of our knowledge, this case represents the highest reported number of batteries ingested at a single point in time," the doctors wrote in their report.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin 2 years ago
I've got my own weird problems, but I wonder what possesses a person to do that. I prefer munching on car batteries...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
She could of died from the mere fact that batteries contain acid. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Nnicolette 2 years ago
she suicidal. I once ate battery acid as a kid too. Surprisingly nothing happened. Tasted interesting.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Having ingested one or two could pass like a bad drunk challenge but more than that is clearly a mental issue... after 20 you clearly have the cue that it will not kill you fast enough. Maybe she married a flashlight and wanted to be like him ? We have seen some case of furniture involved in wedding lately...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Autistocrates 2 years ago
Wait up. On average, if a woman doesen't die of cancer in her early 40s, she's more than likely to survive until well beyond what was once a Biblical old age
Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 2 years ago
You people are cracking me up. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by WolfHawk 2 years ago
Wouldn't some part of the stomach, either digestive juices or the lining, essentially "close the circuit" resulting in electrocution of some kind?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Autistocrates 2 years ago
She could short it out
Comment icon #17 Posted by Dejarma 1 year ago
she'd been running none stop for 5 days before they managed to catch up & get her to Hospital 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 1 year ago
When I was in the hospital after a serious asthma attack (Storm asthma is a b**** folks), there was an aggressive woman in the next bed who jammed batteries up her vagina and the ED nurses and Doctors were trying to get her to pass them and she was demanding surgery. 

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