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Don't Confuse Caustic Ingestions for Anaphylaxis!


Background: When a child presents with a combination of acute respiratory, cutaneous, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal manifestations, the differential diagnosis includes anaphylaxis. This is logical since its annual incidence is about 1 in 1000 children. Caustic ingestions can also present with similar manifestations. However, unless the history is obvious, the diagnosis can be easily missed especially when the incidence of caustic ingestions in this country is about 1 per 100 more...
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