Airway edema following household bleach ingestion

Am J Emerg Med. 1998 Sep;16(5):514-6. doi: 10.1016/s0735-6757(98)90006-7.


Household bleach is a frequent nonpharmaceutical childhood ingestion in the US. It is regarded as a benign ingestion. A rare presentation is reported of poisoning by low-concentration hypochlorite household bleach in a toddler that led to severe respiratory sequelae. The literature on respiratory and nonrespiratory sequelae of liquid household bleach ingestion is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / chemically induced*
  • Edema / chemically induced
  • Emergency Treatment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypochlorous Acid / adverse effects*
  • Infant
  • Poisons / adverse effects*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / chemically induced*


  • Poisons
  • Hypochlorous Acid