Liquid Propane Cold Injury: A Clinicopathologic and Experimental Study

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Abstract

A case of liquid propane cold injury is described. This injury was produced by evaporative heat loss, without ignition, from skin and underlying tissues. The cutaneous appearance was that of a flame burn but underlying deep tissue damage was present. Acute vascular compromise and progressive wound sepsis were complications which required surgical intervention. A liquid propane animal model was created which defined the pathophysiology of the clinical injury. The potential for this injury exists wherever volatile liquified gases are used.

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