Indian Journal of Rheumatology

: 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 211-

Branding in rheumatoid arthritis: A harmful practice

Prasanta Padhan, Ipsita Mohanty 
 Department of Rheumatology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Department of Rheumatology, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar - 751 024, Odisha

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Padhan P, Mohanty I. Branding in rheumatoid arthritis: A harmful practice.Indian J Rheumatol 2018;13:211-211

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Dear Editor,

Branding refers to the traditional practice of therapeutic third-degree burns produced by hot iron rods over skin for the treatment of various medical conditions. We recently observed multiple partially healed linear scars over knee joints in a 42-year-female with rheumatoid arthritis, as a result of this unscientific practice [Figure 1]. In several Asian and African countries where traditional medicine is still widely prevalent, branding is used. These ancient methods are crude and inhuman, causing the treatment to be more unbearable than the original complaint, and carry the risk of complications. Branding as a method of treatment is employed for several diseases including jaundice, abdominal pain, convulsions, paralysis, and arthritis as in the present case.[1]{Figure 1}

In spite of major advances in medicine, crude and harmful methods of heeling like branding are still prevalent all over, especially among illiterate and poor people. It can cause acute infection, allergic reactions, and sequelae arising from third-degree burns.[1],[2]

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2Mehta MH, Anand JS, Mehta L, Modha HC, Patel RV. Neonatal branding – Towards branding eradication. Indian Pediatr 1992;29:788-9.