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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1859352, 4 pages
Case Report

Thermal Esophageal Injury following Ingestion of Boiling Mushroom Water

1Pediatric Residency Program, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
2Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
3Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Elizabeth McDonough; moc.cmrlolo@hguonodcm.htebazile

Received 8 February 2017; Accepted 28 March 2017; Published 18 April 2017

Academic Editor: Larry A. Rhodes

Copyright © 2017 Allison Prevost et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Thermal esophageal and gastric damage from ingestion of hot liquids is poorly studied in pediatrics. Limited case reports exist in the literature. Many cases presented with chest pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia. Variable histologic findings were reported. No definitive management guidelines exist for such injuries. We provide a report of the acute assessment and management of an obvious thermal esophageal injury and contribute to what is known about this presentation. A 16-year-old male presented with odynophagia, dysphagia, and hematemesis following ingestion of “nearly boiling” mushroom water. Ondansetron, pantoprazole, ketorolac, maintenance intravenous fluids, and a clear liquid diet were started. At sixty hours after ingestion, an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed blistering and edema of the soft palate and epiglottis, circumferential erythema of the entire esophagus with an exudate likely to be desquamated mucosa, and linear erythema of the body and fundus of the stomach. An EGD one month after ingestion showed no residual effects from the injury. The pantoprazole was weaned and restrictions to his diet were lifted. To better standardize care in these rare esophageal injuries, the development of a clinical care algorithm may be beneficial to provide clinicians with a guide for management based on outcomes of previously reported cases.