Magnesium and Thermite Poisoning Workup

Updated: Sep 08, 2015
  • Author: Jayson Tappan, MD; Chief Editor: Zygmunt F Dembek, PhD, MPH, MS, LHD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

Obtain laboratory studies as needed to manage thermal burns and associated lung injury. No specific studies are required for thermite or ignited magnesium exposure.

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Imaging Studies

Perform chest radiography on patients with possible pulmonary involvement. Plain radiographs are indicated to evaluate for fractures and to evaluate for metallic wound contaminants.

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Procedures

Bronchoscopy or laryngoscopy can be performed for possible airway injury. Slit lamp examination of the eyes for metallic particles, keratitis, burns, or other injuries can be performed.

 

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