Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Case report
Successful treatment of gastric necrosis after ingestion of hydrochloric acid: a two-stage minimally invasive surgical procedure


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)

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.