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Ingo Kleiter, Ralf Luerding, Gerhard Diendorfer, Helga Rek, Ulrich Bogdahn, Berthold Schalke
The case of a 23-year-old mountaineer who was hit by a lightning strike to the occiput causing a large central visual field defect and bilateral tympanic membrane ruptures is described. Owing to extreme agitation, the patient was set to a drug-induced coma for 3 days. After extubation, she experienced simple and complex visual hallucinations for several days, but otherwise recovered largely. Neuropsychological tests revealed deficits in fast visual detection tasks and non-verbal learning, and indicated a right temporal lobe dysfunction, consistent with a right temporal focus on electroencephalography...
April 2007: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Bobby K Desai, Rita Fairclough
Environmental electrical injuries (electrical burns and lightning) are relatively common and are estimated to result in more than 3,000 admissions to specialized burn units each year here in the US. Lightning injuries are a small subset of electrical injuries and are responsible for an average of 300 injuries and 100 deaths per year in the US. We present a case of a rare injury obtained as a result of a near lightning strike. The case involved a young female who was playing soccer when lightning struck within several feet of where she was standing, resulting in loss of consciousness, paresthesias, tinnitus, muscle spasms and most importantly a new onset of a speech impediment...
2011: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Michael Cherington
Lightning is responsible for a wide spectrum of neurologic complications. Many of the persistent symptoms require long-term neurorehabilitation. The lightning-related neurologic conditions are divided into four categories. Category I consists of signs and symptoms that are temporary and usually benign. Category II conditions are prolonged or permanent produced by significant central nervous system lesions. Two of the most devastating complications are lightning-related encephalopathy and myelopathy. The disabilities that accompany these lesions call for concentrated neurorehabilitation...
2005: NeuroRehabilitation
Tímea Tánczos, Dénes Zádori, Katalin Jakab, Zsuzsanna Hnyilicza, Péter Klivényi, László Keresztes, József Engelhardt, Dezső Németh, László Vécsei
BACKGROUND: Lightning-related injuries most often involve impairment of the functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems, usually including cognitive dysfunctions. We evaluated the cognitive deficit of a patient who had survived a lightning strike and measured the improvement after her cognitive training. This therapeutic method appears to be a powerful tool in the neurorehabilitation treatment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this case study was to prove the beneficial effects of cognitive training as part of the neurorehabilitation after a lightning strike...
2014: NeuroRehabilitation
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