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Electrical injury

Electrical injury

Overview

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

Review Date 10/16/2017

Updated by: Jesse Borke, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Attending Physician at FDR Medical Services/Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Buffalo, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.