|Year : 2003 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 19-22
Conservative treatment of caustic esophagitis in childhood.
H Lembo, R Berazategui
Pediatric clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of, Uruguay
ABSTRACT: The authors report their experience with caustic agent ingestion in children. Between 1999 and 2000 254 patients, 150 boys (59 percent) and 104 girls (41 percent), between 5 months and 13 years presented to the emergency department of our hospital with history suggestive of caustic chemical ingestion. All patients were referred within 6 hours of accidental caustic chemical ingestion. Upper GI endoscopy was performed between 12 and 24 hours of ingestion of caustic agent in 222 children. almost all (97 percent) children recovered well with conservative management. Seven patients (2.8 percent) developed esophageal strictures; of which one required esophageal substitution.
Pediatric clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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