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Amputations and Burns

Burns may lead to various effects on the body depending on the type and severity of the burn. Amputation may be one of the results of severe burns, although it is not common, it can happen. Amputation may have to be done in extensive burns due to the loss of blood supply or destruction of that body part. Amputation of fingers is more common than amputation of part of the limbs. High voltage electrical burns lead to injury not only to the skin but also to the underlying tissues and this can necessitate amputation. Despite the emotional and physical effect of the amputation on burn survivors, many survivors will adjust to their new circumstance and lead a productive life.

This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice; it should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.

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