Which physical signs of injury suggest caustic ingestions?

Updated: Dec 09, 2020
  • Author: Derrick Lung, MD, MPH, FACEP, FACMT; Chief Editor: David Vearrier, MD, MPH  more...
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Other signs of injury may include the following:

  • Tachycardia
  • Oropharyngeal burns – These are important when identified; however, significant esophageal involvement may occur in the absence of oropharyngeal lesions
  • Drooling
  • Subcutaneous air
  • Acute peritonitis – Abdominal guarding, rebound tenderness, and diminished bowel sounds
  • Hematemesis

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