BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-206663

The devastating effects a fire burn in a child

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  1. Şeref Istek
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Hakkari State Hospital, Hakkari, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Şeref Istek, serefistek{at}
  • Accepted 29 April 2015
  • Published 8 June 2015


Burn injuries are a serious global public health concern with significant worldwide mortality and morbidity rates. Burns are among the most devastating of all injuries, with outcomes ranging from physical impairment and disability to emotional and mental consequences. Paediatric burns requiring treatment often incur significant health and opportunity costs, and frequently result in death or long-term disability. A recent systemic review showed that almost 50% of patients hospitalised with severe burns in Europe were younger than 16 years of age, and nearly 60% were male. This report discusses the case of a 2-year-old boy with second and third-degree skin burns over almost 45% of his body, including his head and arms, who presented to the eye clinic at the State Hospital in Hakkari 1 month after a fire burn accident. Both eyes had been burnt and the bilateral anterior chambers had been injured so badly that the patient was left blind.

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