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Zinc chloride is a powerful corrosive agent. Reports of zinc chloride ingestion are uncommon, and there is little information about its toxicity and management. The authors report the clinical course of a 10-year-old girl who accidentally ingested an acid soldering flux solution (pH, 3.0; zinc chloride, 30%to < 60%). Systemic effects after the ingestion were unremarkable except for lethargy. Thus, chelation therapy was not considered. Severe gastric corrosion was caused by local caustic action. An antral stricture of the stomach approximately 3 weeks after the ingestion developed, and she underwent a modified Heineke-Mikulicz antropyloroplasty. Postoperatively, she made an uneventful recovery. On follow-up, although she was tolerating a normal diet, results of a barium meal showed her stomach to be totally aperistaltic. Results of a nuclear medicine study showed moderately delayed gastric emptying. Careful long-term follow-up is necessary, because there is potential risk for malignancy in the damaged stomach.
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