Journal article

Respiratory and gastrointestinal complications of caustic ingestion in children

A Turner, P Robinson

EMERGENCY MEDICINE JOURNAL | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine circumstances surrounding the ingestion of caustic substances, the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms at presentation, and the degree of investigation and active treatment during hospitalisation. Long term respiratory and gastrointestinal sequelae were also studied. DESIGN: Retrospective case note study covering a 10 year period. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital. PATIENTS: Children and adolescents presenting following caustic ingestions to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Requirement for interventional oesophagoscopy/bronchoscopy, respiratory support or admission to intensive care, and long term gastrointestina..

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