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What is a third-degree burn?

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

A third-degree burn is full thickness skin burn that include the epidermis and full dermis. These burns are the most serious and may require surgical debridement followed by skin grafting. Facial burns may require full thickness grafts to match the existing skin around the perioral and and periorbital regions. Split thickness skin grafts may be used on the extremities or truncal regions. Large total body surface area burns can lead to severe bacteremia or sepsis and multiorgan failure that may be fatal if untreated.

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