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- 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.
- 4.4. 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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Received in revised form: June 4, 1964
Received: February 14, 1964
☆Presented at the meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in Chicago on May 16, 1964.
© 1965 Published by Elsevier Inc.