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A Case of Pyloric Obstruction Developed after Upper GI Barium Study in Patients with Caustic Injury on Gastrointestinal Tract
Jeong-Goo Kim, Hye-Jin Cho, Seung-Hee Lee, Pum-Soo Kim, Hyung-Keun Roh
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2003;1(1):51-55
DOI: https://doi.org/
Published online: June 30, 2003
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1Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
2Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
3Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
4Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
5Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea

Caustic ingestion can produce a progressive and devastating injury to the esophagus and stomach, In the acute stage, perforation and necrosis may occur. Long-term complications include esophageal stricture, antral stenosis and the development of esophageal cancer. Endoscopy should be performed as soon as possible in all cases to evaluate the extent and severity of damage, unless there is evidence of perforation. Endoscopy is the diagnostic procedure of choice. However, when the endoscopy cannot be passed through due to esophageal stricture, upper GI barium studies may be useful as a follow-up measure and in the evaluation of complications. A 44-year-old man visited our hospital complaining frequent vomiting 1 hour after ingestion of unknown amount of hydrochloric acid. At the time of arrival, the patient's oral cavity was slightly swollen and erythematous. On the endoscopic examination fourteen hour after the caustic ingestion, marked swelling of the arytenoids and circumferential ulceration with brown and black pigmentation at the upper esophagus were observed. Four weeks after the caustic injury, upper esophageal narrowing was observed and then the scope could not be advanced to the stomach. Upper GI barium study performed at that time revealed diffuse luminal narrowing of the esophagus and concentric luminal narrowing from prepyloric antrum to pylorus with disturbance of barium passage. At a week after the Upper GI study, through endoscopic examination after bougie dilatation of the esophagus, barium impaction in the stomach and the pylorus was noticed.

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