Frostbite injury: an unknown risk when using nitrous oxide as a party drug

  title={Frostbite injury: an unknown risk when using nitrous oxide as a party drug},
  author={Marcel Libertus Johannes Quax and Tim J. van der Steenhoven and Martinus Wilhelmus Gerardus Antonius Bronkhorst and Benjamin Lucas Emmink},
  journal={Acta Chirurgica Belgica},
  pages={140 - 143}
Abstract In recent years nitrous oxide has become a popular party drug. Large cylinders filled with nitrous oxide are used to fill balloons for recreational use. We present two patients with severe third-degree cold burns on their thighs after clamping a large cylinder between their legs while filling balloons. During filling, large amounts of nitrous oxide are inhaled, which causes the pain to be numbed. As nitrous oxide is discharged from the cylinder, the cylinder becomes ice cold. Due to… 
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