Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
 
CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 399-400

Lightning strike-induced brachial plexopathy


Department of Neurology, Dr. Sampurnanand Medical College and Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Gaurav M Kasundra
122, Subhash Nagar, Jodhpur 342 008, Rajasthan
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.140000

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We describe a patient who presented with a history of lightning strike injury. Following the injury, he sustained acute right upper limb weakness with pain. Clinically, the lesion was located to the upper and middle trunk of the right brachial plexus, and the same confirmed with electrophysiological studies. Nerve damage due to lightning injuries is considered very rare, and a plexus damage has been described infrequently, if ever. Thus, the proposed hypothesis that lightning rarely causes neuropathy, as against high-voltage electric current, due to its shorter duration of exposure not causing severe burns which lead to nerve damage, needs to be reconsidered.


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