Electrical and Lightning Injuries

  • Raphael C. Lee


A 23-year-old industrial mechanic sustains a highvoltage electrical injury. He has a circumferential fullthickness injury of the right upper extremity. The patient develops hand paraesthesia and then numbness. Which of the following is the management of choice at this time?
  1. (A)

    Decrease fluid resuscitation and elevate the involved extremity

  2. (B)

    Increase fluid resuscitation and administer mannitol

  3. (C)

    Continue to monitor the extremity

  4. (D)

    Perform escharotomy and monitor the extremity

  5. (E)

    Perform escharotomy and fasciotomy of the involved extremity



Compartment Syndrome Electrical Shock Joint Dislocation Compartment Pressure Acute Compartment Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raphael C. Lee
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  1. 1.Departments of Surgery (Plastic), Medicine (Dermatology), Organismal Biology (Biomechanics), and Molecular MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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