oa South African Medical Journal - Burn coma due to dressing impregnated with hexylene glycol

Volume 42, Issue 37
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A retrospective clinical survey combined with experimental animal studies indicates that an outbreak of unexplained coma which occurred at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital Burn Unit between 1962 and 1965 was probably due to hexylene glycol, the main constituent of a proprietary burn dressing.

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