African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

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Perineal Burns in Children

Emmanuel A Ameh


Perineal burns are not common in childhood but when they occur, they can produce severe complications. Conservative management by open wound care and topical agents is effective in most cases. However, in deep burns and when control of infection proves problematic, diverting colostomy may be necessary to control infection and achieve wound healing and graft take. Burns wound excision and skin grafting may be required in such cases. Contractures of various forms may develop and require plastic procedures for correction.
Key Words: Perineal burns, children, contractures, diverting colostomy
African Journal of Paediatric Surgery Vol.(1)1 2004: 33-35

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