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Question: Trauma

A 2 year old is brought in that has chewed on an electrical cord. He has a scab in the corner of his mouth and no active bleeding and is otherwise well appearing with no other trauma. What delayed complication can occur?


pemsou5_wp • May 1, 2016

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  1. Kelly May 18, 2016 - 6:48 pm Reply

    Electrical burn at the oral commissure (corner of mouth) puts the patient at risk for delayed bleeding from the labial artery when eschar sloughs. It occurs in up to 10% of patients, from 3-5 days out to as late as 2 weeks out.

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