Burns to the concealed area of the perineum, are relatively rare and usually associated with massive burns and a high mortality rate. A rare case of a thermal burn to a prolapsed uterus is described. The victim was a 72-year-old Bedouin woman, with a 70 per cent total body surface area deep burn from an open fire. In addition to the conventional treatment dictated by such a burn, two unique problems must be considered: (1) the common pathogens of the uterus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis and mycoplasma, are different from those of the skin; (2) the lymphatics of the uterus drain directly into the abdominal cavity and the risk of peritonitis and generalized infection is potentially higher. Intravenous, prophylactic, broad-spectrum antibiotics were therefore initiated immediately following admission. These included: cefoxitin, gentamicin and metronidazole a combination that covers both the potential pathogens of the uterus and the common pathogens of the skin. In addition, and for the same reason, Betadine substituted Flamazine for the local treatment of the exposed uterus. Our patient did not survive the burn, but in a similar, unusual case, the local and systematic remedies must protect against uterine pathogens that are not commonly seen in a burn victim.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine