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    Electrical and Lightning Injuries - Clinical Patient Case of the Week

    Lightning Injury - Clinical Patient Case of the Week

    Try this free Electrical and Lightning Injuries Case Q&A courtesy of Med-Challenger.

    This electrical and lightning injuries case comes from our Emergency Medicine Course, part of Med-Challenger's library of board exam review and CME question banks.

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    Try this case and test your electrical and lightning injuries.

    A 50-year-old woman is struck by lightning and has an apparent exit wound on her left foot (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1

    Lightning Injuries Case


    What statement is correct in the first hour following the strike?

    Answer Options:

    Absence of dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulses indicates a likely need for fasciotomy.

    Prophylactic antibiotics with anaerobic coverage is recommended.

    Feathering marks, also known as Lichtenberg flowers, are commonly seen.

    Fluid restriction is recommended if the patient is normotensive.

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