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Hazards of microwave cooking: direct thermal damage to the pharynx and larynx

  • G. R. Ford and C. L. Horrocks

Abstract

A case of a direct burn to the pharynx and larynx is described. This occurred after a patient swallowed a microwaved treacle tart. The potential danger of excessive heating of food in microwave ovens is discussed.

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Major G. R. Ford, F.R.C.S., ENT Department, Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hants GUI 1 2AN.

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Hazards of microwave cooking: direct thermal damage to the pharynx and larynx

  • G. R. Ford and C. L. Horrocks

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