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Paediatric facial burns from oleander leaves

Sarah Oudtshoorn, Sanchita Gera and Parshotam Gera
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50746
Published online: 21 September 2020

A 5‐year‐old girl sustained partial thickness facial burns from oleander leaves (Nerium oleander) (Figure, A) that she applied as pretend make‐up. Oleander causes cardiac toxicity when ingested, but the documentation of chemical burns has been rare.1,2

  • Sarah Oudtshoorn1
  • Sanchita Gera2
  • Parshotam Gera1

  • 1 Perth Children's Hospital, Perth, WA
  • 2 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA


Acknowledgements: 

We thank Tania McWilliams (Burns Clinical Nurse Consultant, Perth Children's Hospital) for assisting in collecting the clinical photography for this article.

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