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

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Dr Raghavendra G


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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Dr 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, 32(8), 32–34. Retrieved from
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