Early intervention reduces morbidity in extravasation injuries from 'lighter fuel' injection

M. A. Thaha, T. H. McKinnell, K E Graham, A N Naasan

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    Abstract

    Injection of 'lighter fuel' with suicidal intent is rare. Extravasation of the chemical may rarely cause systemic toxicity, but usually it results in extensive soft tissue damage. Such injuries when managed by the traditional expectant policy are associated with considerable morbidity. Early aggressive surgical management using 'saline flush out' limits the tissue damage by stopping the natural progression of the chemical mediated injury and the subsequent inflammatory response, thereby allowing better skin preservation and functional outcome in these cases. We report a case of 'lighter fuel' subcutaneous extravasation injury managed by 'saline flush out' technique soon after presentation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1342-1344
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
    Volume60
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Adult
    • Burns, Chemical
    • Female
    • Fuel Oils
    • Humans
    • Injections
    • Self-Injurious Behavior
    • Suicide, Attempted
    • Treatment Outcome

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