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Thigh burn associated with laptop computer use.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18695609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Laptop computers are an uncommon source of burns to the thighs and perineum. Burns can result from the prolonged contact of hot surfaces at the base of the computer with the user's lap. The authors report a case of second-degree burns to the thigh of an otherwise healthy patient that resulted from prolonged use of the laptop. We measured the temperatures of the patient's computer and the temperatures of other popular laptop computers. Laptops can develop temperatures that can pose a risk for burns if the skin is exposed for prolonged periods of time. Patients with impaired lower extremity sensation, altered consciousness, or decreased mobility are at higher risk for laptop burns. To their knowledge, this is the first case report of such a burn injury in the American literature.
Karina Paulius; Phyllis Napoles; Pirko Maguina
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1559-047X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2008 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-10     Completed Date:  2009-01-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101262774     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  842-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
Bacitracin / therapeutic use*
Burns / drug therapy,  etiology*
Hot Temperature / adverse effects*
Risk Factors
Thigh / injuries*
Time Factors
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents; 1405-87-4/Bacitracin

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