Hydrofluoric Acid Burns Workup

Updated: Mar 07, 2016
  • Author: Garry Wilkes, MBBS, FACEM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

Evaluate electrolyte status. [3]  Severe disturbances can occur, especially the following:

  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Hyperkalemia
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Imaging Studies

Obtain chest a radiograph if pulmonary edema is suspected. If burns to the fingers exist, perform digital radiographs to evaluate bone integrity.

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Other Tests

Cardiac monitoring with electrocardiography is necessary if burn is significant. Arrhythmias are a primary cause of death. Monitor for QT prolongation from hypocalcemia or signs of hyperkalemia.

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