Antacid control of complications from acute gastroduodenal disease after burns

Joseph C. McAlhany, Albert J. Czaja, Basil A. Pruitt

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To determine the effectiveness of hydrogen ion neutralization in preventing the clinical complications (hemorrhage and perforation) of acute gastroduodenal disease after thermal injury, 48 patients with burns of greater than 35% total body surface were evaluated within 72 hours after injury. In a prospective, randomized fashion, patients were chosen to receive antacid or no-antacid therapy. An established lithium-flux technique was utilized to determine the integrity of the gastric mucosal barrier (GMB) before group selection. Only one of the 24 patients receiving antacid developed significant upper gastrointestinal bleeding; however, seven of 24 patients receiving no antacid experienced hemorrhage and gastric ulcer perforation (p <0.02). None of seven patients with GMB disruption who received antacid developed a clinical complication; however, six of 15 patients with GMB disruption receiving no antacid experienced clinical complications (p <0.05). Neutralization of gastric acid offers protection against the development of clinically significant ulcer complications in the burn patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-649
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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