Severe burns from alkali drain cleaner

Rachel A D’Cruz, Erik R La Hei and Andrew J A Holland
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10995
Published online: 15 October 2012

To the Editor: Alkali drain cleaner has previously been reported to cause oral, oesophageal and cutaneous burns.1-4 The risk of these cleaners causing full thickness cutaneous burns in children needs to be emphasised.

  • Rachel A D’Cruz
  • Erik R La Hei
  • Andrew J A Holland

  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.


We gratefully acknowledge the guidance, support, experience and enthusiasm of John G Harvey and for his assistance in reviewing the manuscript.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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