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April 1968

ESOPHAGEAL BURNS BY CHLORINE BLEACH-Reply

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(4):449. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060451030

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Abstract

To the Editor.—Reports of clinical observations on the effects of chlorine bleach ingestion differ in their conclusions. Our own experience includes verified stricture formation following the accidental ingestion of diluted as well as the full strength commercial preparations by children. A severe burn was seen recently following a suicide attempt by swallowing a concentrated bleach solution. We strongly concur that the tendency of manufacturers to increase the concentration of sodium hypochlorite is dangerous when the material, used in the kitchen or laundry, becomes readily available to children.

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