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Electrical injury

Electrical injury

An electrical current is very damaging to the human body since the body is a very good conductor of electricity. An electrical current can cause damage to the body in several ways:

  • Cardiac arrest due to the electrical effect on the heart
  • Massive muscle destruction from a current passing through the body
  • Thermal burns from contact with the electrical source

Update Date: 1/1/2013

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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