Hydrofluoric acid exposure: A case report and review on the clinical presentation and management

Matthew Strausburg, Jeffrey Travers, Nico Mousdicas

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Exposure to hydrofluoric acid can cause severe skin damage via both corrosive and chemical means. Dermatologists should be aware of the various clinical presentations and knowledgeable of how to manage such patients. A case of a man with exposure of the hands after use of a consumer product containing hydrofluoric acid is presented. The presentationmay vary depending on the concentration and duration of exposure. Patients experiencing exposure are at risk of serious complications, including death, resulting fromelectrolyte abnormalities. Information regarding the source of exposurewill allow the physician to better predict the patient's course. The use of immediate flushingwithwater and the use of topical calcium gluconate can prevent extensive damage to the area of exposure and potentially fatal complications that may occur. More extensive burns may necessitate more invasive therapies. The treatment and the management and monitoring of such cases will allow for more optimal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology

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