Motor neuron syndrome after electric shock

Acta Neurol Scand. 1991 Feb;83(2):79-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1991.tb04653.x.


Presented here are 17 individuals with motor neuron disease that followed a severe electric shock. All were under the age of 45 when their motor disorder began. Five developed the illness within 24-36 months of the electrical accident and 12 not until decades later. In 14 cases only a single, but severe, shock had been received while in three others multiple, but substantial, jolts of electricity had been sustained. All 17 were males and all but one are still alive.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / diagnosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / physiopathology*
  • Electric Injuries / complications
  • Electric Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Neurons / physiology*
  • Muscles / innervation
  • Risk Factors