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September 1972

Visceral Injuries: An Unusual Complication of an Electrical Burn

Author Affiliations

Fort Sam Houston, Tex
From the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Tex.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):494-497. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090097023

A case of high-voltage electrical injury with massive retroperitoneal muscle necrosis, focal hepatic coagulation necrosis, acute pancreatitis, and an acute coagulopathy with factor V, factor X, and platelet deficits occurred. Visceral involvement by electrical current is unusual, and to our knowledge, hepatic necrosis from this type of injury has not been described previously.

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