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Cervicothoracic spinal cord and pontomedullary injury secondary to high-voltage electrocution: a case report

Harpreet K Johl1, Adel Olshansky1, Said R Beydoun2 and Richard A Rison3*

Author Affiliations

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‚ÄČAngeles 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

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:296  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-296

Published: 13 September 2012

Abstract

Introduction

High-voltage electrical injuries are uncommonly reported and may predispose to both immediate and delayed neurologic complications.

Case presentation

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.

Conclusion

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.