Sunday, December 8, 2019

Electrical burn injury

Q: Why deep tissue surrounding the long bones are prone to highest damage during electrical burn injury?

Answer: Bones have the highest resistance of any body tissue to electricity, and so reflexly generates the highest amount of heat when exposed to an electrical current. Therefore, the deep tissue surrounding the long bones gets enormous damage during electrical burn injury including periosteal burns and destruction of bone matrix.



Jain S, Bandi V. Electrical and lightning injuries. Crit Care Clin 1999; 15:319.

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