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Clinical Department
March 1921

GANGRENE OF TOES IN AN INFANT, DUE TO SCALD

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Surgical Clinic of the Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(3):312-314. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910330103008
Abstract

The case reported herewith is of interest first, because of the etiology, and, secondly, because of the satisfactory end result of conservative treatment.

REPORT OF CASE  History.—An infant, 5 days old, was seen in consultation for gangrene of the toes of the left foot which had resulted from a scald during delivery. The mother had been advised to sit over a pan of hot water to hasten parturition. While doing so a foot presented and was scalded.Fig. 1.—Clinical record.Examination.—The left foot showed a scald of the second and third degree extending up above the ankle on the anterior surface. Gangrene extended to Chopart's line. The infant appeared otherwise normal and was not prostrated.Fig. 2.—Appearance of the foot at entrance to hospital five days after scald.

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