Severe burn injury from recreational gasoline use

Mary Jude Cox, Judith C.F. Hwang, Harvey N. Himel, Richard F. Edlich

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This report describes the case of a 13-year-old boy who suffered severe burns with inhalation injury during the recreational use of gasoline. Gasoline sniffing is a popular form of solvent abuse for young children and adolescents in isolated, rural communities. In addition to the neurological and physiological complications of gasoline inhalation, gasoline sniffers face the significant threat of severe burn injury or death resulting from ignition of the gasoline vapor as well as from extensive physical contact with the constituents of liquid gasoline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Burn
  • gasoline
  • recreation


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