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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 204

Skin Branding


Neurology Unit, Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamilnadu - 632 004, India

Date of Submission24-May-2004
Date of Decision01-Jun-2004
Date of Acceptance02-Jun-2004

Correspondence Address:
Sudhir Kumar
Neurology Unit, Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamilnadu - 632 004
India
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How to cite this article:
Kumar S, Kumar P R. Skin Branding. J Postgrad Med 2004;50:204

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Kumar S, Kumar P R. Skin Branding. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2004 [cited 2019 Dec 8];50:204. Available from: http://www.jpgmonline.com/text.asp?2004/50/3/204/12576


A-36-year-old tribal man presented with progressive weakness and wasting of all four limbs of one-year duration. Examination showed diffuse fasciculations. Sensory examination was normal. Deep tendon reflexes were absent in the upper limbs and exaggerated in the lower limbs. Clinical suspicion of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis was confirmed by electromyography. Examination also showed multiple linear scars over the forearms [Figure - 1], arm and upper part of the back [Figure - 2]. On enquiry, it was found that the patient was taken to a faith-healer, who had produced these burns with hot iron rods. Branding refers to a traditional practice of producing 'therapeutic' burns with hot iron rods or metallic objects over the skin in order to treat various conditions without any scientific evidence.


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