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Grading the Severity of Alkali Burns of the Eye

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
Ophthalmology

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Exposure of the eyes to chemical alkali can rapidly result in severe injury. Contact of an alkali solution with pH > 11.5 can result in the immediate destruction of epithelial cell membranes in the cornea with denaturation of intracellular enzymes.

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