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Review Article| Volume 57, ISSUE 3, P385-390, March 1965

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Electrical burns: A review and analysis of 33 cases

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      Abstract

      • 1.
        1. Electricity produces an almost unique injury the extent of which depends upon the physical properties of the traumatizing current and the individual tissue response of the specific structures involved.
      • 2.
        2. The review of 33 cases of electrical burns treated during the past 10 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center reveals a high incidence of burns of the mouth, skull, and upper extremity.
      • 3.
        3. The clinical picture is varied but progressive functional loss is characteristic, and may be in large measure due to progressive vascular damage and the intense fibrosis of partially devitalized tissue.
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        4. The treatment of electrical burns should be individualized, and may vary from complete conservatism with oral lesions to early radical excision and pedicle coverage of the burned extremity.
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