Accidental Full Thickness Burns by Super Glue

Author(s): Hakan Akelma, Ebru Tarıkçı Kılıc*, Cem Kıvılcım Kaçar, Osman Uzundere, Ayhan Kaydu, Erhan Gökçek, Ömer Fatih Şahin and Yakup Aksoy

Glues consist of cyanoacrylate. Cyanoacrylate burns are unusual chemical burns. If it comes into contact with cotton a severe exothermic reaction occurs and results as a thermal burn. Cyanoacrylate (CA) was described in 1949 first and the usage as adhesive was recognised. The homologues of CA adhesive have been used, including methyl-, ethyl-, isobutyl-, isohexyl-, and octyl-CA in the different industriel fields. For to create less toxic product in 1960s, the formulation was changed to butyl cyanoacrylate for possible medical use. It has an increasing use in the household also. Now it has a widespread use as an all-purpose, however the frequent application of CA is as adhesive domestically. We report a five year old girl who accidentally split glue on her pyjamas and had a full thickness burn on her left thigh while playing with glue at home.

Nearly all the burns in literature were observed in children due to the accidental spillage. Therefore it’s important for the public to raise the idea of CA glues should be kept safely away from the reaches of the children.

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