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CT Findings of Perforation of the Stomach after Ingestion of Glacial Acetic Acid
Hohyun Kim, Seok Ran Yeom, Hyun Min Cho, Kwang-Hee Yeo, Jae-Hun Kim
Journal of The Korean Society of Clinical Toxicology 2018;16(2):161-164
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22537/jksct.2018.16.2.161
Published online: December 31, 2018
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1Department of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Pusan National University, School of Medicine
3Department of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital
4Department of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital
5Department of Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital

The ingestion of corrosive substances often leads to severe morbidity and mortality. Acids produce coagulation necrosis with a lesser degree of penetration, whereas alkalis produce liquefactive necrosis with penetration. Acetic acid is a clear, colorless organic acid with a pungent, vinegar-like odor. The ingestion of highly concentrated acetic acid (glacial acetic acid) may cause a range of complications. On the other hand, perforation of the stomach is extremely rare but it has a high mortality rate. This paper reports a case of perforation of the stomach after the ingestion of glacial acetic acid with suicidal intent in an otherwise healthy 76-year-old woman.

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