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Gastrocolic fistula in a child following corrosive acid ingestion
  1. Aureen Ruby DCunha,
  2. Susan Jehangir
  1. Paediatric Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital Vellore, Vellore, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Susan Jehangir, susanjehangir{at}


Gastrocolic fistulas in children are most commonly seen after placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. We present a 14-year-old girl who developed a gastrocolic fistula following accidental corrosive acid ingestion. On evaluation of her symptoms, a barium swallow identified the gastrocolic fistula. It healed spontaneously in 3 months. This was both unexpected and remarkable. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case of a gastrocolic fistula occurring following corrosive ingestion.

  • Stomach and duodenum
  • Parenteral / enteral feeding
  • Gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors ARD was responsible for the data collection, write-up, literature review, editing and submission process.

    SJ was responsible for the write-up, definition of intellectual content, literature search, critical review and editing.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Consent obtained from guardian.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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