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June 2, 1923

CICATRICIAL STENOSIS OF THE ESOPHAGUS CAUSED BY COMMERCIAL LYE PREPARATIONS

JAMA. 1923;80(22):1600-1603. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640490020007

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Abstract

Sad cases of esophageal burns from swallowing caustic alkalis continue to be seen at the Bronchoscopic Clinic, in various degrees of food and water starvation from esophageal stenosis. During the last sixteen months, twenty cases were admitted, a brief synopsis of which will be given.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A boy, aged 31/2 years, sent to the clinic by Dr. Lawrence Lee, Aug. 26, 1921, was very ill, markedly emaciated, and could swallow neither food nor water; even saliva was regurgitated. He coughed almost continuously because of the overflow of saliva into the larynx. His weight was 16 pounds, 14 ounces (about 7.7 kg.). Almost eight months before admission, the child drank of a solution of "Sterling Lye," found among other articles in a smokehouse. There was immediate dysphagia, which increased, and emaciation became extreme. Gastrostomy was done two months after the accident. On admission, Dr. F. F. Borzell,

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