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Table 2 Means of initial assessment and diagnostics of CMI, according to the survey respondents

From: Caustic ingestion management: world society of emergency surgery preliminary survey of expert opinion

Initial assessment
 Intubation Dyspnea, stridor, edema 29 100 %
 Extubation Based on respiratory condition 25 86 %
>7 days 4 14 %
 Nasogastric tube All patients 6 20 %
No patients 2 7 %
Based on endoscopy findings or evidence of oropharyngeal injury 21 72 %
Insertion during endoscopy 20 67 %
Insertion without endoscopy 9 33 %
Nasogastric tube removal after >3 days 13 45 %
Nasogastric tube removal after >7 days 16 55 %
Imaging
 Esophagography Not performed 14 50 %
Performed on all patients 8 29 %
Performed only on non-intubated patients 6 21 %
 Esophagogastroscopy All patients 24 83 %
Signs of oropharyngeal injury 3 10 %
According to clinical development 2 7 %
Within 12 h 19 66 %
12-24 h 8 28 %
Over 24 h 2 7 %
Level of injury 17 59 %
 Thoracic radiology All patients 26 90 %
Based on respiratory condition 3 10 %
 CT All patients 8 29 %
Patients developing signs of peritoneal irritation or suspected perforation 20 71 %