Chemical burns: Pathophysiology and treatment

R. Palao*, I. Monge, M. Ruiz, J. P. Barret

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Chemical burns continue to pose a variety of dilemmas to the clinician managing such cases. Assessment of burn depth is often difficult and the decision whether to excise the wound early is not always clear-cut. In this updated review, common agents are classified and the basic principles of management and specific recommendations are examined. The complications arising from exposure to these chemicals and the supportive measures needed during treatment are also described.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Burns
  • Chemical burns
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Neutralizing agents
  • Removal of the chemical agent


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