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Friction Burns in Children: Does Laser Doppler Imaging Have a Role?
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PMID:  22878493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Laser Doppler imaging (LDI) has been increasingly used to predict pediatric burn wound outcome. A majority of these wounds are scald, contact, or flame burns. No study has specifically evaluated the use of LDI in pediatric friction burns. Our objective was to critically evaluate LDI assessment of pediatric friction burns to determine its predictive value with this mechanism of injury. We conducted a retrospective review of all LDI scans performed on pediatric friction burns during a 2-year period. We identified 36 patients with a mean age of 3.6 years (range, 19 months to 15 years). LDI accurately predicted burn wound outcome in 23 (64%) cases. In 13 cases, LDI did not correctly predict burn wound outcome: eight were expected to heal within 14 days, but six of those 8 took an average of 20.3 days to heal (range, 18-29 days), and the other two required skin grafting. Of the remaining five incorrect predictions, four were caused by an inability to correlate the flux scan with the clinical appearance of the burn, and one was thought to take more than 21 days to heal but healed within this period. Our data suggest that LDI appears to be a less reliable tool in predicting the outcome of friction burns when compared to other mechanisms of burn injury in children. This may reflect the physical differences in the mechanism of friction burns as opposed to other forms of thermal injury.
Seema Menon; Diane Ward; John G Harvey; Erik La Hei; Andrew J A Holland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1559-0488     ISO Abbreviation:  J Burn Care Res     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101262774     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the *Burns Unit and The Children's Hospital Burns Research Institute; and †Douglas Cohen Department of Pediatric Surgery, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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