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September 1978

Corrosive Injury of the Esophagus: Result of Ingesting Some Denture Cleanser Tablets and Powder

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(9):514-516. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790090032007

• Denture cleansers are ubiquitous compounds frequently found in the household. Experimental studies were carried out to investigate the caustic, chemical, and histopathological properties of Polident and Efferdent tablets and Ansodent powder. All products were found to have caused severe focal to diffuse caustic burns of the esophagus due to the concentration of hydrogen peroxide that was liberated by these compounds.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:514-516, 1978)