PMID: 10842622Jun 8, 2000Paper

Functional reconstruction following electrical injury

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
D P Orgill, J J Pribaz


Worldwide, high voltage electrical injury continues to cause significant morbidity, disability, and mortality despite improvements in electrical safety. Joule heating and cell membrane disruption are two mechanisms important in understanding the pathophysiology of electrical injury. The degree of tissue damage is often more extensive than initially perceived on clinical exam. Using modern reconstructive techniques, the functional outcome of electrical injury victims can be improved. The type of reconstruction selected for each injury can be selected from a number of options from the reconstructive ladder. Donor site considerations, risks of the surgery, team experience, and patient preference are important factors in this selection.


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