Alexander Gelbard
Last active: 7/30/2020

Oropharyngeal Injury From Spontaneous Combustion of a Lithium-ion Battery: A Case Report.

Morse J, Tittman S, Gelbard A
Laryngoscope. 2019 129 (1): 45-48

PMID: 30194845 · DOI:10.1002/lary.27275

Lithium-ion batteries have been used for more than 20 years, most recently to power handheld devices including cellphones and electronic nicotine-delivery systems. They have garnered significant media attention due to thermal-related injuries occurring after spontaneous combustion. Spontaneous combustion of a lithium-ion battery occurs due to a process that is referred to as the thermal runaway effect. Here, we review the case of a 25-year-old female with severe oropharyngeal and upper aerodigestive thermal injuries after spontaneous combustion of a lithium-ion battery in a flashlight. We discuss the associated management and provide a review of the literature detailing similar injuries. Laryngoscope, 129:45-48, 2019.

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Adult Burns Electric Power Supplies Female Humans Ions Oropharynx Respiratory System Spontaneous Combustion

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