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Burns during pregnancy: a gloomy outcome.

Authors
  • Mabrouk, A R
  • el-Feky, A E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Burns
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
23
Issue
7-8
Pages
596–600
Identifiers
PMID: 9568331
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The effect of burns on fetal and maternal survival is known to be detrimental. This prospective study describes the performance of pregnant burned patients who were managed and followed up for fetal and maternal outcomes at Ain Shams University's burn unit and Maternity Hospital during the period from October 1995 to September 1996. During the 12-month period, 27 pregnant burned patients were managed. Fetal and maternal mortality correlated with the total body surface area (TBSA) burned, the mortality rate being 63 per cent for both mothers and fetuses in the 25-50 per cent TBSA group. A fetal loss of 56 per cent with no maternal loss were recorded in the 15-25 per cent TBSA group. Experience in dealing with pregnant burned patients proves that early surgical excision and skin grafting, with timely termination of pregnancy are the best lines of treatment. Prevention or minimizing the effects of the burns may be achieved by proper education and guidance of the pregnant woman.

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