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The larynx and caustic soda ingestion
  1. Krystine Kua1,
  2. Nico Jonas2,
  3. Roddy O'Donnell3
  1. 1 Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 Department of Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3 Department 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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