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Re: how much pressure can the human stomach take before it explodes?

Date: Tue Apr 8 17:43:58 2003
Posted By: Uncle Al Schwartz, Organic synthetic chemist
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 1049682150.An

Talk to the local School of Gastroenterology.  The stomach is open on both 
ends.  Before it ruptures it usually releases in both directions.  A 
ruptured stomach is generally fatal. 

At least one human stomach can hold 50.5 Nathan's hot dogs plus buns. William Graves, editor of "National Geographic," sued the makers of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, claiming that twelve years prior, after eating a bowl of chili, two martinis, and a glass of wine, he woke up with indigestion and drank some baking soda in a glass of water, causing his stomach to explode in 12991. Hoever, he did have an ulcer to provide a point of failure. See the proceedings of Superior Court in New Brunswick, NJ. NM Downs, PA Stonebridge, Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. "Gastric rupture due to excessive sodium bicarbonate ingestion" Scott. Med. J. 34(5) 534-5 (1989) F Tonetti, P Gorini, "A case of stomach rupture after ingestion of sodium bicarbonate" Minerva Chir. 43(20) 1737-9 (1988) P Barna, "Sodium bicarbonate: burst stomachs and high sodium" J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 8(6) 697-8 (1986) N Lazebnik, A Iellin, M. Michowitz, "Spontaneous rupture of the normal stomach after sodium bicarbonate ingestion" J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 8(4) 454-6 (1986) B Brismar, A Strandberg, B Wiklund, "Stomach rupture following ingestion of sodium bicarbonate" Acta Chir. Scand. Suppl. 530 97-9 (1986) A case of stomach rupture occurring after hyperdistention of the stomach following ingestion of sodium bicarbonate is described and the pathophysiological mechanism is discussed. -- Uncle Al (Do something naughty to physics)

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