Genital and perineal burns in children: 10 years of experience at a major burn center

Carlos Angel, Tung Shu, Dan French, Eduardo Orihuela, James Lukefahr, David N. Herndon

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Purpose: The aim of this report is to review a decade of experience in the management of perineal and genital burns at a major burn center. Methods: Seventy-eight children who sustained perineal or genital burns admitted to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston are discussed. Results: Genital and perineal burns occurred in the context of major burns and were rarely isolated. A total of 64.1% were caused by hot liquids (scalds), 29.5% were flame burns, 3.8% contact burns, and 2.6% electrical burns. A total of 61% of the burns could be treated conservatively with loose debridement, topical, and parenteral antibiotics with satisfactory outcomes. Foley catheterization did not increase the morbidity in these patients except in children less than 1 year of age. Testicular involvement was associated with the most severe burns. Child abuse was found in 46% and 48% of boys and girls, respectively, younger than 2 years that had sustained scald burns to the perineum and, or genitals. Conclusions: Most perineal and genital burns in children can be treated successfully with a conservative approach. Child abuse should be vigorously investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002


  • Child abuse
  • Genital burns
  • Perineal burns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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