Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Novel Use of Ophthalmic pH Paper to Diagnose Malicious Caustic Ingestion in a Pediatric Patient
- Author(s): Johnson, Neal P.
- Bruno, Eric C.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2017.11.36367
Occult caustic ingestion in the pediatric population is a challenging diagnosis to make in the emergency department. Failure to suspect and diagnose a caustic ingestion can lead to potentially life-changing comorbidities. Historically, the diagnosis of caustic ingestion has been clinical without any suitable diagnostic tools to aid in the suspicion of occult cases. In this case, we describe a novel use of ophthalmic pH paper to diagnose caustic ingestion in a three-year-old.