Caustic ingestion can cause severe injury to the esophagus and the stomach. Alkali ingestions A STUDY OF CORROSIVE ESOPHAGITIS. Corrosive esophagitis usually occurs from accidental or suicidal ingestion of caustic substances (e.g. lye, household cleaners, bleaches, washing soda), and is. Esophagitis Secondary to Ingestion of Caustic Material. P. N. Symbas, M.D., S. E. Vlasis, B.S., and C. R. Hatcher, Jr., M.D.. ABSTRACT The records of

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Caustic Injury to the Esophagus. Transhiatal esophageal resection for corrosive injury. Surgical management of corrosive strictures of stomach. Only one patient with injuries to both the stomach and duodenum had injuries in the middle and upper thirds of the esophagus, while the ccaustic ones had stenosis in the middle and lower third or throughout the extension of the organ Table 6.

Ingestion of caustic substances and its complications

Esophavitis also observed that the ingestion of fragments was not sufficient to cause stomach injuries. Young subjects aged 11 to 20 years were expected to have higher indices of stenosis and younger children were caistic to have the lowest indices, as adolescents ingest caustic agents with the intent of suicide, while children do so accidentally and, as is well known, a smaller amount of caustic agent is ingested accidentally.

Endoscopy is generally not advised 5 to 15 d after caustic ingestion due to tissue softening and friability during the healing stage. On double contrast studies, shallow ulcers may appear as punctuate, linear, or serpiginous collections of barium.


Moreover, gastrostomy allows a retrograde approach for dilatation, which is usually easier and safer[]. Patients with clinical or radiological evidence of perforation require immediate laparotomy, usually followed by esophagectomy, cervical esophagostomy, frequently concomitant gastrectomy and even more extensive resections, and jejunostomy feeding[ 58 – 60 ].

The incidence of coexistent gastric injury in the literature ranges from In the annual report of the AAPCC inthe most commonly implicated caustic agent was the alkali-sodium hypochlorite, which was found in bleaches, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners and household disinfectants. Late morbidity after colon interposition for corrosive esophageal injury: In general, the degree of esophageal injury at endoscopy esphagitis a predictor of systemic complication and death with a 9-fold increase in morbidity and mortality for every increased injury grade[ 10 ].

Management of esophageal caustic injury

Polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine esophhagitis collagen deposition in a rat model of corrosive esophageal burn. This is mainly because of the liquefactive necrosis caused by alkali agents, which causes a deeper penetration of injury compared to the less severe and often limited mucosal injury of acidic substances.

Castic, the lesions were slightly more frequent in the middle esophageal third. Sandro Contini and Carmelo Scarpignato. If it is simply lesions of the epithelial layer, a cure will occur rapidly even without treatment.

However, endoscopic gastric dilatation should be considered a temporary substitute for surgical resection because gastric wall fibrosis usually diminishes the long-term functional result[]. Transhiatal esophageal resection for corrosive injury.

The relationship between symptoms and severity of injury is uncertain[ 21 ]. A comparison of the temporary placement of 3 different self-expanding stents for the treatment of refractory benign esophageal strictures: Still a major surgical dilemma. To date, evidence is still conflicting with regard the use of antibiotics. Oesophageal replacement in the management of corrosive strictures: N Engl J Med. However, injuries can also occur in any area in contact with the caustic agents such as the oral mucosa, pharyngeal area, upper airways, and duodenum[ 56 ].


Caustic ingestion, esophageal injury and stricture. A standardised protocol for the acute management of corrosive ingestion in children.

Caustic injury of the upper gastrointestinal tract: A comprehensive review

Speech and swallowing rehabilitation following devastating caustic ingestion: Acute therapy with intravenous omeprazole on caustic esophageal injury: Ji FF L- Editor: Med Clin Barc ; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy is an important and highly recommended diagnostic tool in the evaluation of caustic injury especially during the first 12 to 48 h of caustic ingestion, though several reports indicate that it can be safely performed up to 96 h post-ingestion.

However, this conclusion was reached only in experimental studies, as it is difficult to determine the quantity of caustic substances ingested by patients, especially when a liquid product was ingested.

Arrows show the esophageal wall. Indications for emergency surgery rely more often on clinical grounds than on radiological findings; in the presence of doubtful clinical features a esophagtis to perform laparotomy is likely more advantageous for patients than a conservative attitude especially in patients who ingested large amounts of corrosive substances[ 60 ].

The latter commonly occurs in the first 5 to 6 wk of ingestion[ 6 ].