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La congelación se presenta cuando la piel y los tejidos del cuerpo son expuestos a temperaturas frías por un período de tiempo prolongado. Las partes del cuerpo más afectadas son manos, pies, nariz y orejas. Si los vasos sanguíneos se ven afectados en las áreas congeladas, puede haber un daño permanente. El daño a los vasos sanguíneos puede producir la muerte del tejido y ésta puede implicar la amputación del área afectada.

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  • Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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