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BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007103
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Caustic skin burn caused by sodium hydroxide

  1. Hakan Ay2
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Gulhane Military Medical Academy Haydarpasa Teaching Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine, Gulhane Military Medical Academy Haydarpasa Teaching Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mesut Mutluoglu, drmutluoglu{at}gmail.com

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A 75-year-old, previously healthy, woman presented to the emergency room with bilateral hand wounds. Her medical history revealed the use of a sodium hydroxide (NaOH)—impregnated swab without gloves for approximately 2–3 h. Within several hours she felt a burning sensation and noticed significant hyperaemia and blisters over her left interdigitals and her right tenar eminence and fingertips. The next …

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