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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
My brother was electorcuted over 20 years ago while climbing on a tower that was located next to some power lines. Unknowing his left shoulder was within inches of the lines and his right leg grounded he turned to look and the voltage went through his left shoulder across his chest exiting his right leg and groin area. How could this affect his internal organs over the years. He now suffers from chronic pancrentitus which a docter has said was from not only alchohol but also the electricity. Is this true? Forgive some of my spelling.
- Melinda
Housewife, Damon, Tx
A:

This question goes way past our limited medical knowledge.
I wonder if there's some sort of site like this for medical questions?

Mike W.

It is difficult to say exactly what is going on in this situation without more information.  However, electrocution injuries have historically been documented as causing a wide variety of physiological problems, some of which are almost mysterious in nature.  Most medical doctors see major electrocution injuries infrequently at most.  I would encourage you to seek out a doctor who specializes in these types of injuries, as they will be the most up-to-date on current research.  You may also want to do a search of published medical journal articles relating to electrocution.  I would recommend as a good starting point.

-Tamara


(published on 10/22/2007)

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