Cervicothoracic spinal cord and pontomedullary injury secondary to high-voltage electrocution: a case report
1 University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles County Medical Center, 1510 San Pablo Street, Suite 643, Los Angeles, CA, 90033, USA
2 University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles County Medical Center, 1520 San Pablo Street, Suite 3000, Los Angeles, CA, 90033, USA
3 Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Boulevard, Whittier, CA, 90602, USA
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:296 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-296Published: 13 September 2012
High-voltage electrical injuries are uncommonly reported and may predispose to both immediate and delayed neurologic complications.
We report the case of a 43-year-old Caucasian man who experienced a high-voltage electrocution injury resulting in ischemic myelopathy and secondary paraparesis.
High-voltage electrocution injuries are a serious problem with potential for both immediate and delayed neurologic sequelae. The existing literature regarding effective treatment of neurologic complications is limited. Long-term follow-up and multidisciplinary management of these patients is required.