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Accidental scrotal burns due to paraquat while handling a patient with deliberate self-harm

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dc.contributor.author Premaratna, R.
dc.contributor.author Rathnasena, B.G.N.
dc.contributor.author de Silva, H.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-15T10:09:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-15T10:09:40Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2007; 52(Supplement 1):46 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 (Print)
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.kln.ac.lk/handle/123456789/9568
dc.description Poster Presentation Abstract (PP37), 120th Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2007 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: The main risk of paraquat poisoning is from deliberate ingestion. Serious accidental or occupational poisoning is comparatively rare. We report two patients who had accidental exposure to paraquat resulting in scrotal burns in both, and systemic poisoning in one, while attending to a patient who had ingested paraquat for deliberate self harm. CASE REPORT: Two days after death of a patient who had ingested paraquat for deliberate self harm, his brother and a friend who had accompanied him to hospital presented with painful swelling of the scrotum. The brother had severe burns in the scrotal skin sparing the penile skin, and the friend had milder burns in the scrotum. The patient had vomited several times onto the laps of these two men while being brought to hospital in a vehicle. The brother developed mild derangements in hepatic and renal functions suggesting significant systemic absorption. His biochemical and clinical parameters returned to normal over the next 2 weeks on conservative management. In both these patients, the scrotal skin healed without scarring over the next 4 weeks after treatment with silver sulphadiazine local application and amoxicillin given orally. CONCLUSIONS: Precautions should be taken by persons attending to those who have ingested poison. This is especially applicable to patients who have ingested corrosive substances en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Accidental scrotal burns en_US
dc.title Accidental scrotal burns due to paraquat while handling a patient with deliberate self-harm en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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