Antecubital Burn Resulting From Antenna Coupling: A Case Report

Taylor L. Paskey, Mark Ren, Varun Arvind, Wakenda K. Tyler, Jarrod T. Bogue, Robert J. Strauch

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CASE: We present the case of a 54-year-old man who underwent elective hip disarticulation complicated by third-degree burn of the left antecubital fossa requiring skin graft. After careful review, it was determined that "antenna coupling" as a result of electrosurgery was the likely cause. We present an experiment demonstrating this phenomenon. CONCLUSION: Antenna coupling is a real but rare cause of intraoperative burns not previously described in the orthopaedic literature. Care should be taken to avoid coiling or running bovie or other electrosurgical device cords with other metallic cords or corded devices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJBJS Case Connector
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes


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