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Document ID (ISN)109580
CIS number 09-666
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Taimur Z., Hussaini S.
Title Atrial fibrillation in a commercial diver
Bibliographic information Mar. 2008, Vol.58, No.2, p.144-146. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract Electric current can damage the body by disrupting electric rhythms, inducing muscular spasms and causing burns. The torpedo ray is a fish with powerful electric organs, which can serve either as predatory tool or defensive weapon. This article presents an unusual case of atrial fibrillation due to electric shocks by a torpedo ray in a 42-year-old male commercial diver while on routine diving operations. After being examined by a cardiologist, he was able to take up his normal work after four weeks' of absence, without sequellae. Such occurrences are extremely rare and no documented case was found in the medical literature.
Descriptors (primary) fish; electric shock; diving
Descriptors (secondary) Turkey; fibrillation; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Arab Emirates
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Electrical safety
Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Animal hazards