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MRI-Induced Full Thickness Burn on the Ear Lobule due to Pulse Oximetry: A Case Report
Journal of Korean Burn Society 2021;24(2):43-45
Published online December 1, 2021
© 2021 Journal of Korean Burn Society.

BumSik Kim, M.D., SooA Lim, M.D., Ph.D., JungSoo Yoon, M.D., Ph.D., SuRak Eo, M.D., Ph.D. and Yea Sik Han, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Dongguk University School of Medicine, Goyang, Korea
Correspondence to: 임수아, 경기도 고양시 일산동구 동국로 27 ? 10326, 동국대학교 의과대학 동국대학교일산병원 성형외과
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Received June 15, 2021; Revised August 11, 2021; Accepted August 18, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) has been used as a safe, conventional and harmless diagnostic tool. However, thermal injuries have frequently been reported during MRI scanning due to the heat generated by the reaction with the magnetic field. It is recommended that metal-containing monitoring devices such as pulse oximetry and ECG monitoring leads should be removed prior to the start of the MRI scan, but these monitoring devices are inevitably placed in children or patients in the intensive care unit who have low compliance with the scan. Since the interaction between the metal probe or wire loop of pulse oximetry and the magnetic field can result in high thermal conduction, full-thickness burn can occur over the entire body surface during the MRI examination. Several cases of thermal burns from pulse oximetry on the fingers have been reported. However, we present a case of a full-thickness burn arising left earlobe in a 2-month-old child caused by the high conduction heat from pulse oximetry metal probe.
Keywords : MRI induced thermal burn, Contact burn, Full thickness burn, Pulse oximetry

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