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The larynx and caustic soda ingestion
  1. Krystine Kua1,
  2. Nico Jonas2,
  3. Roddy O'Donnell3
  1. 1Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Roddy O'Donnell, Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB20QQ, UK; drod{at}

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A previously well 16-month-old boy presented with severe stridor after ingestion of an unknown amount of granular caustic soda. The substance containing sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate, bought for £1 two days before was left within reach in a bathroom. He was intubated and transferred to our paediatric intensive care unit. On examination, his lips were burnt with necrotic epithelium …

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