Lightning injury: a review

Burns. 2008 Aug;34(5):585-94. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2007.11.006. Epub 2008 Apr 18.

Abstract

Lightning is an uncommon but potentially devastating cause of injury in patients presenting to burn centers. These injuries feature unusual symptoms, high mortality, and significant long-term morbidity. This paper will review the epidemiology, physics, clinical presentation, management principles, and prevention of lightning injuries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burns, Electric / diagnosis
  • Burns, Electric / etiology
  • Burns, Electric / therapy
  • Central Nervous System / injuries
  • Ear / injuries
  • Eye Injuries / etiology
  • Humans
  • Lightning
  • Lightning Injuries / diagnosis
  • Lightning Injuries / pathology
  • Lightning Injuries / therapy*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / injuries
  • Skin / injuries