Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Electric Shock Evaluation

The evaluation of an electrical injury begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with an electrical injury may include:

  • Localized thermal burns
  • Entrance and exit wounds
  • Burns of the mouth and eyes
  • Abnormalities of nerve function
  • Poor blood flow to an extremity

The evaluation of electrical injury requires testing.

Tests that may be used to evaluate electrical injury include:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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