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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 79-81

A severe electrothermal ring burn case and a proposed treatment algorithm

Department of Plastic Surgery, Baskent University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Prof. Burak Ozkan
Department of Plastic Surgery, Baskent University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Ankara
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_8_22

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Ring-associated burns are infrequent comprising only a tiny fraction of burn consults. Due to the circular nature of rings, these burns are often circumferential, with an increased risk for compartment syndrome and neurovascular injury. The severity of ring burn is related to the type of material and electrical current. Low-voltage injuries are generally due to contact with batteries and household devices, while high-voltage electric injuries occur with occupation-related accidents or natural disasters. Low-voltage ring burn can be managed conservatively with close follow-up. However, high-voltage ring burn might have dramatic consequences such as finger amputation. To date, there have been few cases reported in the literature of a ring burn. Most cases were superficial burns and managed with secondary healing or skin grafting. However, the literature has not reported the management of a severe ring burn with deteriorated finger circulation. In this case report, we present a circumferential electrothermal ring burn case with resulted in total loss of a finger. Furthermore, we propose an algorithmic approach to ring burn injuries.

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