Which physical findings are characteristic of smoke inhalation?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Renal tubular acidosis, hepatitis, and bone marrow insufficiency are not uncommon, particularly when hypoxic injury is either severe or prolonged. Organ system dysfunction is also common as a result of the complex hemodynamic and inflammatory reactions associated with significant burns. In the obtunded patient, assume coexistent spine injury.


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