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Microwave burns

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.

 

Intentional microwave burns

  • Two children placed in microwave 1

Location of intentional microwave burns (total: two cases): 1

  • Five week old baby – burns to left hand and wrist, thorax, right foot, left thigh
  • 14 month old – burns to mid-back

Characteristics of intentional microwave burns: 1

  • One case displayed a full thickness burn
  • One case had 2nd and 3rd degree burns
  • Sharply demarcated burns
  • One case was biopsied and showed characteristic sparing of the subcutaneous fat beneath burned epidermis and dermis, and below fat significantly burned muscle with no nuclear streaming

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References

  1. Alexander RC, Surrell JA, Cohle SD. Microwave oven burns to children: an unusual manifestation of child abuse. Pediatrics. 1987;79(2):255-260 [Pubmed]

 

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