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Citation

Ayanniyi AA, Fasasi MK. Malays. J. Med. Sci. 2013; 20(1): 88-91.

Affiliation

Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, P.M.B 117 Abuja 902101, Nigeria.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

23613660

Abstract

A hot water burn is a thermal injury that results in cell death. Thermal eye injury triggers inflammatory processes, including inflammatory cell influx and/or the activation of various inflammatory cells, which result in the rapid accumulation of extravascular fluid in the ocular tissue. The ocular effect depends on the temperature of the water, and the final visual outcome depends on the severity of the damage to the intraocular structures. We report a 23-year-old woman who experienced a facial hot water burn that resulted in blindness. The patient presented late to the hospital after the unsuccessful use of traditional medication. Facial burns are a known cause of blindness. Public health education on prompt hospital presentation, and resistance to the use of potentially harmful traditional medicine in facial burns is suggested.


Language: en

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