Jun 1, 1992

Do burn patients have a silver lining?

Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
C J CoombsY T Chia


Silver-containing pharmacological preparations have been used for many years in the prophylaxis and management of burn wound sepsis and, more recently, 1 per cent silver sulphadiazine cream (SSD) has been the treatment of choice for such problems. A prospective clinical study has been undertaken to determine the absorption and effects of the silver ion from SSD, with particular reference to hepatic and renal function. Twenty-two patients were studied. The silver assay was done by atomic absorption spectrophotometry with an attached graphite furnace. The detection level was 0.5 micrograms/l. The precision at 3.5 micrograms/l was 4.8 per cent and at 8.5 micrograms/l was 2.8 per cent. Silver was rapidly absorbed through the burn wound and serum silver levels were elevated in 20 patients. Silver was found to be deposited biochemically and electronmicrographically in the liver and kidneys of the only patient who died in the study group. Early hepatic dysfunction was present in all burns greater than 10 per cent total body surface area. Liver and renal function tests did not correlate with serum silver levels. A urinary threshold to silver excretion was seen at a serum silver level of 100 micrograms/l. This study demonstrates that si...Continue Reading

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