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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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MOYA ROSA, Enrique J.  and  MOYA CORRALES, Yadira. Lightning burn. AMC [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.6, pp.121-128. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: electric burns produced by atmospheric phenomena were probably the first type of burn and have a high mortality. Objective: to describe the clinical manifestations of a patient who got a natural discharge and survived. Clinical case: a thirty-seven-year-old male patient without pathological records was struck by a lightning that caused the loss of consciousness for some minutes, as well as burns of the face, the torso, the back, and the right fore limb that were diagnosed as A dermic lesions of a 22 % of the body burned. Subsequently, the patient presented momentary loss of consciousness, and ophthalmic and kidney complications. He survived the initial event. Conclusions: burns by natural electricity and fulgurations constitute a dramatic event with severe complications and a high mortality.

Keywords : BURNS, ELECTRIC; LIGHTNING INJURIES; ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY ELECTRICAL DISCHARGES; ADULT; CASE STUDIES.

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