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Scald Burns Complicated by Isopropyl Alcohol Intoxication: A Case of Fatal Child Abuse.

Russo, Scott B.A.; Taff, Mark L. M.D.; Mirchandani, Haresh G. M.D.; Monforte, Joseph R. PH.D.; Spitz, Werner U. M.D.

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Abstract

Scald burns are the most common type of thermal injury in child abuse. Death associated with nonaccidental burns, however, is uncommon. We recently investigated the case of a 4-year-old child who died from extensive body burns due to scalding. A contributory cause of death was isopropyl alcohol intoxication resulting from application of this chemical to be burns.

(C) Lippincott-Raven Publishers.

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