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We report the case of a 2-year-old child who suffered an acute phytophotodermatitis with systemic upset after contact with the herb Ruta Graveolens (common rue, Herb of Grace). We review the literature detailing the mechanism of the phytophotodermatitis and the mainstream and alternative medicinal uses of the herb. Clinicians treating burns should consider phytophotodermatitis in their differential diagnosis of any partial-thickness burn injury. Furthermore, the hazards of growing this widespread herb in gardens where children play should be well publicized.

Original publication

DOI

10.1097/bcr.0b013e318148cb82

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association

Publication Date

09/2007

Volume

28

Pages

767 - 769

Addresses

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Keywords

Humans, Ruta, Dermatitis, Phototoxic, Burns, Acute Disease, Diagnosis, Differential, Risk Factors, Child, Preschool, Male