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Effects of microwave radiation on living tissues


Journal of Trauma 27(8): 935-939
Effects of microwave radiation on living tissues
Prompted by an alleged case of child abuse resulting from microwave oven burns and the discovery of one other case, an animal model was chosen to explore microwave burn characteristics upon living, perfusing tissue. Anesthetized piglets were exposed to radiation from a standard household microwave oven for varying lengths of time, sufficient to result in full-thickness skin and visceral burns. Characteristic burn patterns were grossly identified. Biopsies studies with both light and electron microscopy demonstrated a pattern of relative layered tissue sparing. Layered tissue sparing is characterized by burned skin and muscle, with relatively unburned subcutaneous fat between these two layers. These findings have important forensic and patients care implications.

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Accession: 005314432

PMID: 3612872

DOI: 10.1097/00005373-198708000-00014



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