Which musculoskeletal findings are characteristic of electrical injuries?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Tracy A Cushing, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAWM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Acute injuries include fractures from blunt trauma and compartment syndrome from burns. The chest and extremities should be examined for circumferential burns. Palpate the extremity and perform distal neurologic, vascular, and motor examination to determine if there is suspicion of a compartment syndrome. If this is the case, compartment pressure can be measured and early fasciotomy may help prevent subsequent amputation. [10] If available, early surgical consultation should be obtained for a patient with concerns for compartment syndrome. Massive muscle damage can cause severe rhabdomyolysis and subsequent renal failure.


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