Lightning injury

report of a case.

Yau-Lin Tseng, M. C. Tsai, M. H. Wu

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Abstract

Lightning injury can cause severe damage to many systems and often results in a high mortality. We report a case of sustained lightning injury in which a 54-year-old woman presented with heart failure, pulmonary edema and consciousness disturbance. The patient was found unconscious, lying face down on the ground of a trash dump on the day of a thunderstorm. No deformities were seen in the extremities, but scattered third degree burns (less than 1%) were found on her neck where her necklace had been. Ventilator and inotropic agents with an adequate fluid supply were used. A Swan-Ganz catheter was inserted for monitoring. The patient was discharged two weeks later with an uneventful clinical course, except for mild neurologic sequelae (amnesia, disorientation).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-761
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi
Volume92
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan 1

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Lightning Injuries
Confusion
Amnesia
Pulmonary Edema
Mechanical Ventilators
Consciousness
Burns
Nervous System
Neck
Catheters
Extremities
Heart Failure
Mortality

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In: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi, Vol. 92, No. 8, 01.01.1993, p. 759-761.

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