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J Burn Care Res. 2009 Sep-Oct;30(5):759-68. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181b47cd3.

Escharotomy and decompressive therapies in burns.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.

Abstract

Experienced clinicians treating burns recognize the need for escharotomy and decompressive therapies. The burning process causes the integument to become stiff, and the underlying tissues can swell during the fluid resuscitation process. We reviewed the literature that supports the current clinical practice of decompressive therapies following burn injury.

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19692906
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10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181b47cd3
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