Subcortical parenchymal and right lentiform nucleus haemorrhages in a lightning victim


Emet M., Aslan Ş., Cakir Z. G. , Onbas O., ŞENGÜL G., Saritas A.

HONG KONG JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.16, no.3, pp.172-175, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/102490790901600309
  • Journal Name: HONG KONG JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.172-175

Abstract

We report a 12-year-old lightning victim with right subcortical parenchymal and right lentiform nucleus haemorrhages documented by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A linear entry burn with an area of singed hair on the scalp was obvious. Neurological examination did not show any lateralized deficit. Cranial nerves were intact. A laceration on the right external auditory canal, elevated cardiac enzymes and electrocardiographic changes were also recorded. The boy was discharged on the sixth day. prolonged loss of consciousness in lightning victims may suggest intracranial injury. Although brain CT can demonstrate intracranial haemorrhages, MRI is mandatory to show subcortical parenchymal haemorrhage in lightning victims. (Hong Kong j.emerg.med. 2009; 16:172-175)