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February 1972

Electrical Burns of the Mouth in Children

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Norfolk, Va

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(2):296. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620050094026

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To the Editor.—  I am writing in regard to an article by Drs. Ackerman and Goldfaden entitled "Electrical Burns of the Mouth in Children" (Arch Derm104:308, 1971).This is a very nice and concise article which has good color photographs; however, I find one very serious omission. The authors do not mention that a significant percentage of electrical burns of the lip have a spontaneous hemorrhage from the labial artery between approximately the fourth and tenth postburn day. This is usually a startling and frightening occurrence to the patient and the family, but one that is easily controlled by pressure or ligation if necessary.We see quite a number of electrical burns of the lips in our practice, and this happens often enough that we are careful to bring this to the attention of parents and caution that they should keep a close eye on their child for

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