Chemical burns from topical use of traditional Chinese medicine

Chemical burns from topical use of traditional Chinese medicine Eur J Plast Surg (2015) 38:249–250 DOI 10.1007/s00238-015-1066-5 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Stephen J. Goldie & Joanne Taylor & Hilal I. Bahia Received: 15 December 2014 /Accepted: 29 January 2015 /Published online: 13 March 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015 Sir, is an old Chinese unit of weight. Qi Li San powder is used in Chinese herbal medicines ‘to invigorate blood circulation A 37-year-old female computer programmer of Chinese origin presented to our Plastic Surgery Department having and remove blood stasis, reduce swelling, alleviate pain, sustained partial thickness chemical burns on both fore- and promote the movement of Qi’, i.e. used to promote arms. She was previously fit and well, with no previous healing. ‘Qi’ is a traditional Chinese medicine term which injury to her wrists. The wounds were circumferential, is difficult to define but perhaps best thought of as ‘life erythematous and blistering from the wrists, extending energy’. Table 1 shows the ingredients reportedly used to proximally up to mid forearm (Fig. 1a–c). The patient make the powder. described a ‘burning’ sensation, which was mildly painful, Routine blood samples on admission showed a normal but not itchy. On admission, the burns were found to be full blood count, renal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Chemical burns from topical use of traditional Chinese medicine

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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Copyright © 2015 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
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Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
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0930-343X
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1435-0130
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10.1007/s00238-015-1066-5
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