Corrosive burns of the stomach often go undetected until serious, life-threatening complications occur. Early diagnosis and prompt surgical intervention may avoid these complications. Gastroscopic diagnosis of a lye burn of the stomach led to early and curative surgery in the case herein reported. In selected cases, gastroscopy appears to be a useful tool and may either establish the need for surgery or avoid a diagnostic laparotomy in suspected gastric injury.
David G. Ashbaugh, David W. Jenkins, Michael D. Gainey. Gastroscopy in Corrosive Burn of the Stomach. JAMA. 1971;216(10):1638–1639. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180360084016