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Aqueous 2% chlorhexidine-induced chemical burns in an extremely premature infant
  1. Harsha Prasada Lashkari,
  2. Peter Chow,
  3. Sunit Godambe
  1. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sunit Godambe, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK; e-mail: sunit.godambe{at}

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Chlorhexidine gluconate 2.0% w/v aqueous solution (AquiHex 2%) was used to prepare the skin before umbilical catheter insertion soon after birth in a non-identical preterm twin born at 25+4 weeks gestation. Two hours later, the skin in the right iliac fossa, right flank, the periumbilical area, perineum and groin turned erythematous. Over the subsequent 6 h, the …

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