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Successful treatment of gastric necrosis after ingestion of hydrochloric acid: a two-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure
  1. Erik Rasbach,
  2. Sebastian Schölch,
  3. Christoph Reissfelder and
  4. Nuh N Rahbari
  1. Department of Surgery, Universitätsmedizin Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Erik Rasbach; erik.rasbach{at}


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
  • endoscopy
  • 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.