Button Batteries and Magnets: Ingestion of Foreign Bodies (PtS)

This session has been identified and designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandate for Patient Safety. Learn more about state regulatory mandates.

Session Description

Pediatric airway and esophageal foreign body aspiration/ingestion is still a common problem across the globe. In this session, experts will share their experience with managing critical and noncritical scenarios for aerodigestive foreign bodies. Emphasis will be placed on epidemiology, diagnostic considerations, equipment planning, anesthesia techniques, and surgical techniques which may optimize outcomes. Time will also be spent on highlighting the aggressive nature of caustic ingestion and button battery aspiration which require special treatment. Adequate time will be allotted for audience questions and interaction.

Moderator: Ian N. Jacobs, MD, FACS, Philadelphia, PA

Co-Moderator: Deborah F. Billmire, MD, FACS, Indianapolis, IN


Disastrous Magnetism: The Woes of Magnet Ingestion
Elizabeth A. Beierle, MD, FACS, Birmingham, AL

Time Is of the Essence: Expedient Evaluation of Button Battery Ingestions
Robert T. Russell, MD, MPH, FACS, Birmingham, AL

Mitigation Strategies for Button Battery Ingestions: Before and after Removal
Kris R. Jatana, MD, FACS, Columbus, OH

TBD Presentation Title
Keith Rhoades, Downers Grove, IL

TBD Presentation Title
Melissa Fensterstock, MBA, MPhil, New York, NY

Sponsored by the Advisory Council for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


For questions about the course, please contact elearning@facs.org.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Deborah F. Billmire MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Elizabeth A. Beierle MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Ian N. Jacobs MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Keith Rhoades - Nothing to Disclose
Kris R. Jatana, MD, FACS - Intertek Inc.: Consulting Fee: Medical consultant, product safety; Zotarix LLC: Shareholder; Landsdowne Labs LLC: Shareholder; Marpac Inc.: Royalties: inventor, novel tracheostomy collar, licensed from Iy institution and commercially available; Medical Expert, Pediatric Otolaryngology: Consulting Fee: Expert witness/testimony
Melissa Fensterstock, MBA, MPhil - Landsdowne Labs: Lansdowne Labs is my employer. I hold equity in the company: CEO; Reosteon: Consulting Fee: Consultant
Robert T. Russell MD, MPH, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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