[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.145.213.148. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
April 16, 1898

GASTROSTOMY—PRESENTATION OF ILLUSTRATIVE CASE.

Author Affiliations

NEOGA, ILL.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(16):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440680035001k

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

Mrs. R. E., 20 years of age, in August, 1895, swallowed an indefinite quantity of a solution of potassium hydrate, commonly known as concentrated lye, of uncertain strength. Whether any of the chemical reached the stomach is not known, but its escharotic effect was markedly exerted in the esophagus. I did not see the case for some weeks after the accident and am unable to say what, if any, constitutional effects the drug produced. The attending physician treated the case by quieting pain, giving demulcent drinks and liquid food. No attempt was made to preserve the lumen of the esophagus by the systematic passage of bougies during the time cicatricial contraction was taking place. While such a procedure is advocated in many of our text-books it is of doubtful utility; for gradually and persistently stenosis and atresia succeed each other.

In December, 1895 the case was referred to me, as

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×