Multi-organ Injuries Due to a Lightning Strike: A Rare Case

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Raghavendra G
Devender Sukhwal
Hemant Mathur
Naveen Hm
Dp Singh
Abhishek Nyati


Injuries due to a lightning strike are uncommon presentations in the emergency department. Common injuries caused by lightning include burns, muscle pains, cardiac arrest, hearing loss, seizures, behavioral changes and ocular cataracts. We report a case of a 26-year-old primigravida with history of 3 months of amenorrhea who was struck by lightning as she was standing beside a tree. It left her unconscious, immediately after which she was taken to the emergency department of Maharana Bhupal Govt Hospital (MBGH Hospital), Udaipur, Rajasthan. Entry wound was from right ear and the exit wound was on abdomen. Examination confirmed linear first- and superficial second-degree burns. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed deep and symmetrical T-wave inversion in precordial and lateral leads. There was an associated elevation of troponin T levels (peak: 432 ng/L), suggestive of myocarditis. On otoscopic examination, she was found to have rupture of tympanic membrane bilaterally. A transthoracic echocardiography revealed reduced ejection fraction of the left ventricle to 25% with global left ventricle hypokinesia, moderate mitral regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation. This case aims to raise awareness among the healthcare providers regarding multiple organ involvement in lightning injury.

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Raghavendra G, Devender Sukhwal, Hemant Mathur, Naveen Hm, Dp Singh, & Abhishek Nyati. (2022). Multi-organ Injuries Due to a Lightning Strike: A Rare Case. Indian Journal Of Clinical Practice, 33(1), 35–36. Retrieved from
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