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Iontophoresis burns: a peculiar cutaneous injury from a diagnostic sweat test for cystic fibrosis
  1. John Henry George Antrum1 and
  2. Keith Allison2
  1. 1 Plastic Surgery, Health Education North East, Newcastle, UK
  2. 2 Plastics Surgery, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Keith Allison, keith.allison{at}


An 8-month-old child presented after an emergency referral from a paediatric clinic. She had sustained a small burn injury to the left volar wrist during the sweat test for cystic fibrosis. The injury was managed conservatively. There is limited literature on burn injuries sustained during the sweat test, despite it being a known risk and the incidence is reported as very small. We wonder if such events are not being reported because the injury caused is usually minor and so may be more prevalent than previously considered.

  • skin
  • infant health
  • safety
  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • accidents, injuries

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  • Contributors KA assessed the patient and identified this as a case report. JHGA performed the literature search and both wrote the paper. JHGA affirms that the manuscript is an honest, accurate and transparent account of the case being reported; that no important aspects of the case have been omitted; and that any discrepancies from the case as planned (and, if relevant, registered) have been explained.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

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