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Person survived from swallowing a pint of draino. What are its long term effects?

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If a person survived swollowing a pint of draino what are the long-term effects and treatments that someone might have to undergo to undue the dammage?
Posted Sun, 27 Oct 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 34 minutes later
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Bad prognosis

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Fortunately the person survived the suicide attempt. Unfortunately, the long term consequences are dire; the organ that is obviously most affected is the esophagus, and early on it leads to strictures, which are obstructions that prevent normal transit of food and need repeated dilatations; in many people,the problem becomes so severe that they need to get a gastrostomy tube for feedings. It has also been linked in the longer term with an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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