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BMJ Case Rep. 2011 Mar 10;2011. pii: bcr1220103610. doi: 10.1136/bcr.12.2010.3610.

Burn to leg: full thickness lower limb burn associated with laptop power adaptor.

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK.


There has been much media attention in recent years on laptops and their accessories overheating and even causing fires. Here, the authors report a case of a laptop power adaptor causing a full thickness burn requiring surgical intervention in a young, fit man. The total contact time was less than 1 h. Initial surgical management involved debridement and allografting of the wound due to a concomitant cellulitis. A week later, once the cellulitis had resolved, an autograft was applied. The graft take was satisfactory (100%) and the patient had a good postoperative outcome.

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