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J Burn Care Res. 2009 Nov-Dec;30(6):1046-7. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181bfb83b.

Coal ash poultice: an unusual cause of a chemical burn.

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  • 1Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Burns Surgery, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom.


Burns from seemingly innocuous substances are rare, probably underrecognized and typically present late. We describe a case of a child who sustained a full-thickness burn after an application of a coal ash poultice for ankle pain. This case report highlights a rare cause of a chemical burn that may become more common with increasing use of traditional remedies worldwide.

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