The problem of lung infection in extensive burns

  • J. Guilbaud
  • Y. Legulluche
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Prior to the use of effective topical antimicrobial therapy, infection of the burn wound was the leading cause of mortality in patients with extensive burns. Actually, pneumonia is the most frequent life-threatening infection encountered in burn patients. The burn patient is an ideal, fully designated victim to present infectious pulmonary complications:

Depressed systemic host defenses, infection of the bum wound with resultant toxemia and bacteremia, pulmonary alterations due to burns both with inhalation injury or primary lesions of the respiratory tract (burns, soot, blast injury) which can directly impair lung defenses, oropharyngeal colonization are many factors which may contribute to the development of infectious pulmonary complications in the burned patient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Guilbaud
    • 1
    • 2
  • Y. Legulluche
    • 1
  1. 1.Hôpital d’Instruction des Armées PercyClamartFrance
  2. 2.Hôpital d’Instruction des Armées PercyClamartFrance

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