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May 1979

Hydrofluoric Acid BurnsA Report of a Case and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service and Clinical Investigation Center, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(5):593-596. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010050027011

Burns caused by exposure to hydrofluoric acid are occurring with everincreasing frequency due to the wide use of this acid in industry and research. Such burns are characterized by severe progressive tissue destruction and excruciating pain resulting from the unique properties of the freely dissociable fluoride ion. The subungual tissues are especially susceptible to the destructive effects of hydrofluoric acid. The proper treatment of hydrofluoric acid burns requires prompt recognition and the institution of specific therapeutic measures by the attending physician.

(Arch Dermatol 115:593-596, 1979)