Delayed neurologic injury secondary to high-voltage current, with recovery

J Trauma. 1980 Feb;20(2):166-8. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198002000-00012.


A patient with delayed neurologic injury secondary to high-tension current, with recovery, is presented. The mechanism of injury and pathophysiology are felt to be either vascular or direct damage to the spinal cord. This case demonstrates the need for frequent, repeated neurologic examinations of electrical injury victims. The cause of delay in onset of neurologic injury and the mechanism of recovery need further experimental study.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Burns, Electric / complications*
  • Burns, Electric / surgery
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / surgery
  • Debridement
  • Electric Injuries / complications*
  • Female
  • Hand Injuries / complications
  • Hand Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Quadriplegia / etiology*
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology*