Bowel Necrosis and 3 Limb Amputation From High-Voltage Electrical Injury

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to report the case and multidisciplinary management of a 44-year-old man with 40% TBSA third- and fourth-degree burns sustained during high-voltage electrical injury including 3 limb amputation and bowel necrosis requiring small bowel resection. This study is a case report and review of the literature. A 44-year-old man was brought to the Emergency Department with 40% TBSA third- and fourth-degree burns sustained during accidental contact with high-voltage electric current. He had multisystem injury including injuries to 3 of his extremities ultimately requiring a forequarter amputation of the left upper extremity and guillotine amputations of his bilateral lower extremities. He also sustained a visceral injury and underwent small bowel resection. While amputations are very common in electrical burn injuries, visceral electrical injuries are not. High-voltage electrical injuries are devastating multisystem insults that require multidisciplinary critical and operative care.

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