M. ENGLISH, MD / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY M. ENGLISH, MD / CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Third-degree electrical burns on a patient's arm. Third degree burns destroy the skin and underlying tissue, and may, as in this case, reveal muscle (brown) and bone (cream). Severe burns can cause the victim to go into shock, which can be fatal. Here, the skin has been excised in an escharotomy procedure, which lowers the pressure of internal fluids on the burned tissue.
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