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J Pediatr Orthop. 2003 May-Jun;23(3):407-9.

Pediatric hand friction burn injuries secondary to treadmills.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Atlanta Medical Center, Hand Treatment Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA.


A characteristic hand friction burn secondary to a treadmill fitness machine has been seen in fourteen pediatric patients. This retrospective review looks at mechanism of injury, digit(s) involved, depth of burn, initial treatment, time to referral and its effect on the final result, and the need and results of definitive treatment. Based on our findings, certain recommendations are made to avoid potential sequela due to this hand friction burn.

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