Effects of electrical injury on musculoskeletal system: a case report
- MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology
NS Dhaniwala,1 Swapnil Date,1 Mukund Naresh Dhaniwala2
Introduction: Electric injury of severe nature causing death is known as electrocution. Surviving patients may develop short term or long- term effects on various organs including gangrene, slow necrosis of tissues, neural and psychiatric problems.
Case report: A 27 years young male got electric injury accidently, leading to gangrene of left forearm & hand and multiple site slow progressive death of skin requiring below elbow amputation of left upper limb, repeated debridement and management by skin grafting and trans-positional flaps. He did not develop any systemic, neural or psychiatric abnormality.
Clinical message: Electric injury patients should be observed for slow development of soft tissue and muscle necrosis even if they don’t have any obvious problem on early examination.
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