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Chemical burns 

Chemical burns
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Chemical burns
Author(s):

Nigel Tapiwa Mabvuure

, Ali Arham

, David N. Herndon

, and Celeste C. Finnerty

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0019
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date: 21 October 2020

Chemical burns account for up to one-third of burn-related deaths, necessitating careful and timely management of these injuries. This chapter will discuss the classes of chemicals that cause burns and their mechanisms of action. It will go on to describe the pathophysiology and clinical features of chemical burns. Laboratory tests and imaging that may be performed for initial assessment will be discussed, along with the care and management of chemical burns. Special considerations that should be taken into account with specific agents are noted.

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