What is the role of fasciotomy in the evaluation 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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Fasciotomy of a burned extremity may be required in high-voltage injuries or prolonged low-voltage injuries. Obtain early surgical consultation, preferably with experience in burn management, early in the treatment of any patient with a high-voltage burn, since appropriate early fasciotomies may prevent subsequent amputations. If emergently indicated, fasciotomy should not be delayed.


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