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Electric Shock (cont.)

Electric Shock Prognosis

Recovery from electric shock depends on the nature and severity of the injuries. The percentage of the body surface area burned is the most important factor affecting prognosis.

If someone who has received an electric shock does not suffer immediate cardiac arrest and does not have severe burns, he or she is likely to survive.

Infection is the most common cause of death in people hospitalized following electrical injury.

Electrical damage to the brain may result in a permanent seizure disorder, depression, anxiety, or other personality changes.

Electric Shock Pictures

Electric shock, contact injury to hand. Photograph by Timothy G. Price, MD.
Electric shock, contact injury to hand. Photograph by Timothy G. Price, MD. Click to view larger image.

Electric shock burns due to current flow through metal framed glasses. Photograph by Timothy G. Price, MD.
Electric shock burns due to current flow through metal framed glasses. Photograph by Timothy G. Price, MD. Click to view larger image.

Electric shock injury to the foot. Photograph courtesy of William Smock, MD.
Electric shock injury to the foot. Photograph courtesy of William Smock, MD. Click to view larger image.

Electric shock injury to the hand. Photograph courtesy of William Smock, MD.
Electric shock injury to the hand. Photograph courtesy of William Smock, MD. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician

REFERENCES:

CDC. Lightning.

Medscape. Electrical Injuries.

The Wall Street Journal. One Killed, 12 Injured in California Lightning Strikes.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015

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