Amputation of Penis Due To Electrocution- A Case Report

Authors

  • Vedant Kulshrestha1 , Mohammad Amjad2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1401

Keywords:

Electricity, Electric current, Electric burn injuries, Electrocution, Penile trauma, Amputation of penis.

Abstract

Electricity is an integral part of modern society. Without electricity the existence of human life seems

difficult, but it has the capacity to stand life and destroyed the life up to the death. The most fatalities caused

due to electricity are accidental and result from passage of an electric current [both low & high voltage]

through the body. Penile trauma presents a difficult physical and psychological problem and is rare. The

causes of penile trauma are varied; it can be iatrogenic or caused by traffic accidents, thermal and electric

burns, ritual circumcision, animal bites, gunshots or self?mutilation. The type and extent of penile trauma

varies from mild to severe injuries, sometimes even with total amputation.

In the present case, a 24 year old young male from Palwal (Haryana) sustained electric burn injuries while

he was standing in the balcony and came in contact with high voltage electric wires passing in front of the

balcony. He was admitted in Safdarjung hospital, Delhi and expired on the same day. During autopsy electric

contact burn marks were present on unusual sites of the body like head, neck, abdomen, pubic region and

root of penis with amputation of penis. Electric flash burns were also present on different parts of the body

along with fracture of cervical vertebra.

Author Biography

Vedant Kulshrestha1 , Mohammad Amjad2

1 Senior Resident, 2Junior Resident, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical

College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Vedant Kulshrestha1 , Mohammad Amjad2. (2020). Amputation of Penis Due To Electrocution- A Case Report. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 228-231. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1401

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