A case series of grevillea seed burns

Joseph Luo, Tania McWilliams and Fiona Wood
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11538
Published online: 5 March 2012

To the Editor: Since the publication of Knight and colleagues’ case report on the topic, five more patients have presented with burns caused by Grevillea pyramidalis ssp. leucadendron, or maangga berry.1 Traditionally, these berries have been used by Aboriginal Australians for tattooing.1 As in the cases described by Knight and colleagues,1 these burns were sustained by Indigenous children aged 8–11 years in northern Western Australia and required specialist burn care.

  • Joseph Luo1
  • Tania McWilliams2
  • Fiona Wood2

  • 1 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Total Care Burns Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, WA.


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