(Received 11 March 1991; accepted 26 March 1991)
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This case of upper airway tract fire resulting from the use of electrocautery during elective tracheostomy has significance for surgeons, anesthetists, and forensic pathologists alike. The major autopsy findings are described and illustrated. Suggestions that may help to prevent or minimize the risk of fire in this context are reviewed.
Associate professor, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Assistant professor, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner Department, and clinical associate professor, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
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