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Comprehensive treatment of single finger frostbite: A case study

from Journal of Burn Care & Research

Third-and fourth-degree frostbite usually result in loss of skin and tissue requiring amputation, then skin scar form. The 3-6 week waiting period often necessary to determine the severity of the lesion. This period is also a critical time for the rescue of frostbitten tissue. This was a 30-year-old man who developed frostbite of his right index finger. He presented to our hospital 4 hours after injury with loss of sensation on the whole index finger and early signs of necrosis. The patient received a series of comprehensive treatments, including fasciotomy, injection of papaverine hydrochloride, baking lamp irradiation, negative pressure treatment, and so on. more

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