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April 1952


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital (Dr. Lord).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(4):446-453. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040080042003

IN THE area served by the Rhode Island Hospital kerosene ingestion is a frequent cause for admission to the pediatric service. Because of the debatable issues in the literature regarding its treatment, we have reviewed the cases of patients admitted to this hospital between the years 1941 and 1950, inclusive. These patients have been treated in a number of ways, and by a comparative study we shall present what would appear to be a logical method of therapy.

DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE  During the above-mentioned years we have been able to study the records of 71 patients hospitalized for treatment of kerosene ingestion. Histories were examined to ascertain the following facts: time elapsed prior to hospitalization, estimated amount ingested, place obtained, and whether or not vomiting occurred. The month and year of admission and the age of the patient were also recorded. The following clinical observations were studied: symptoms and signs,