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May 1954

PYLORIC STENOSIS AS A SEQUELA OF ALKALI INGESTION: Review and Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Service, United States Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, N. H.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;59(5):598-601. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00710050610013
Abstract

THE VARIOUS sequelae of alkali ingestion upon the mouth, pharynx, and especially the esophagus are well known, well described, and widely taught.* The most important of such disorders are esophageal stenosis and stricture. These entities are universally anticipated following acute alkali burns and are treated by various means. Recently the use of wider surgical procedures in the thorax has become practical in the treatment of these conditions to augment other means.4 The active prophylaxis of these sequelae by means of early vigorous dilations is being revived.4 For many years attempts to reduce the incidence of these burns by legislative control over the sale of alkalies have been made by members of the profession.5

Such widespread information and study are not the case when the problem of alkali ingestion and its sequelae in the stomach is considered. In fact, most textbooks of otolaryngology fail to mention any gastric

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