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Arm escharotomy

Arm escharotomy. This photo has been digitally altered because of its graphic nature. Show original photo | Revert to "posterized" photo | Show larger photo

Full-thickness circumferential burns can impede blood flow to hands and feet and can compromise breathing if the entire chest is burned.  In an escharatomy, incisions are made, just through the burn, to allow tissue expansion and improve circulation or breathing.