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Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2011 Jun;49(5):436-7. doi: 10.3109/15563650.2011.584878.

Chemical burn caused by dermal injection of potassium chloride.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University, 896 Pyeongchon-dong, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.


This report contains images and a summary of a 31-year-old male patient who presented with skin lesions after subcutaneous injection of potassium chloride in an attempted suicide. Both forearms showed formation of vesicles with purple necrotic changes. Escharotomy, debridement, artificial skin graft, and local flap surgery were performed during hospitalization. This report includes images illustrating the course of the chemical burn due to subcutaneous injection of potassium chloride, and a brief review.

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