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electric shock

shock caused by electric current passing through the body.
Common points of entry and exit for electrical burns. Severe internal damage can occur between these points. From Frazier et al., 2000.
The longer the contact with electricity, the smaller the chance of survival. The victim's breathing may stop, and the body may appear stiff. In giving first aid, first the electric contact is broken as quickly as possible; this must be done with care so that the rescuer does not have exposure to the current. The rescuer, keeping in mind that water and metals are conductors of electricity, stands on a dry surface and does not touch the victim or electric wire with the bare hands. If the victim has stopped breathing and has no pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is begun immediately.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

electric shock

the sum of immediate and delayed pathophysiologic responses of living tissue to a current of electricity of sufficient magnitude to induce abnormal sensations (for example, paresthesia, pain) or objective changes (for example, muscle spasm, cardiac arrhythmia, neurologic impairment including coma, tissue damage).
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

e·lec·tric shock

(ĕ-lek'trik shok)
A traumatic state following the passage of an electrical current through the body.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

e·lec·tric shock

(ĕ-lek'trik shok)
Sum of immediate and delayed pathophysiologic responses of living tissue to electrical current of sufficient magnitude to induce abnormal sensations or objective changes.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about electric shock

Q. Is electric shock efficient for ocd? Is it dangerous? My husband has OCD for 15 years now. He was also diagnosed with mania-depressia. He takes so many medications and nothing really helps. We were offered to try electric shock and I'm scared. Is it dangerous? What are the chances of this method to work for him?

A. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is indeed considered effective for OCD, although it's not the first line of treatment. It does have its risks, including memory loss, disorientation and sort of confusion. There is also a change in the activity of the heart but it's rarely significant.

Generally it can be said that it's not an absolutely safe treatment, but it may help, especially if other drugs don't help.

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you can make a list of the symptoms you have and it'll give you the optional diseases/syndromes

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KARACHI -- Two men, Shahi Gul, 33, and Rehan, 20, were injured by electric shock on Sunday while Gul, who is an electrician, was working at Rehan's house in Hussain Hazara Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
PESHAWAR: Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) authorities Wednesday stressed upon masses for adopting precautionary measures for avoiding incidents of electric shock during monsoon rains.
As soon as Ghafoor and his son stepped up to rescue her, they also suffered severe electric shocks, he said adding that other members of the family alerted the locals who called the Rescue 1122.
Replacing the consumer unit or fuse box with a modern one that will include RCDs (residual current device, a life-saving unit designed to prevent fatal electric shocks if something live is touched) will protect homeowners from the dangers of mains electricity.
The Star learnt that the 32-year-old mother of two had rushed to rescue her neighbour who had received an electric shock as she hanged her clothes on a line to dry.
Another incident occurred, the victim namely Muhammad Ibrahim was revamping electricity at his house as he touched naked wire of electric and suffered electric shocks, leaving him dead on the spot.
SAHIWAL: The left arm of a youth was amputated after he was tortured with electric shocks by five people who suspected that he was involved in a robbery at their house at Chak 132/9-L.
A MAN removed his curfew monitoring tag after complaining that it gave him electric shocks.
HUNDREDS of dangerous phone and laptop chargers which can cause electric shocks have been found in a Benton warehouse by trading standards.
Washington, July 4 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that people rather prefer engaging in activities, even the unpleasant ones like electric shocks, than doing nothing and just thinking alone.
A politician in India's largest party has scared voters into choosing his candidates by warning them that electronic voting machines (EVMs) will give them electric shocks if they press other buttons, according to rivals.