Caustic ingestion may cause devastating injuries of the upper gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory system. We report here the successful treatment of a 37-year-old patient who ingested hydrochloric acid (100 mL; 24%) in suicidal intention. An oesophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed extensive necrosis of the gastric mucosa. A diagnostic laparoscopy was performed and confirmed the suspected transmural necrosis which resulted in a discontinuous laparoscopic gastrectomy. During the next days, the oesophageal stump was monitored through frequent oesophagoscopies and showed a good recovery. Thus, it was possible to restore continuity as early as by the sixth postoperative day performing a roux-en-y oesophagojejunostomy using the da Vinci Xi surgical robot. The patient underwent all procedures without any surgical complications and was discharged almost 1 month after initial presentation in good general condition.
- gastrointestinal surgery
- stomach and duodenum
- emergency medicine
- suicide (psychiatry)
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Contributors ER drafted the manuscript. SS, CR and NNR revised the manuscript. All authors were involved in treatment of the patient.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent for publication Obtained.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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