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Burns resulting from spontaneous combustion of electronic cigarettes: a case series

Clifford Sheckter, Arhana Chattopadhyay, John Paro, Yvonne Karanas
Burns and Trauma 2016, 4: 35
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BACKGROUND: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) sales have grown rapidly in recent years, coinciding with a public perception that they are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, there have been numerous media reports of fires associated with e-cigarette spontaneous combustion.

CASE PRESENTATION: Three severe burns caused by spontaneous combustion of e-cigarettes within a 6-month period were treated at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Burn Unit. Patients sustained partial and full-thickness burns. Two required hospitalization and surgical treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: E-cigarettes are dangerous devices and have the potential to cause significant burns. Consumers and the general public should be made aware of these life-threatening devices.

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