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Late onset of extensive brain damage and hypertension in a patient with high-voltage electrical burns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1587920     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An 11-year-old boy sustained high-voltage electrical and flame burns over 85% of his body surface area, 75% of which were full-thickness burns. After 4 months of treatment and multiple operations and skin graftings before his discharge from hospital, he exhibited irritability, hallucinations, and eventually, seizures and respiratory and cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated successfully. Diffuse bilateral brain damage was observed by means of computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Acute hypertension (up to 290/220 mm Hg) developed the following day. Recovery began 48 hours later. Most clinical symptoms and the hypertension resolved within 1 week. However, the computerized tomographic scans and magnetic resonance imaging findings persisted but were resolved within 2 months. Irritability and low tolerance for frustration were the only remaining symptoms at the time of a 12-month follow-up examination.
A Eldad; A Neuman; A Weinberg; P Benmeir; M Rotem; M Chauoat; J M Gomori; M R Wexler
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0273-8481     ISO Abbreviation:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Publication Date:    1992 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-22     Completed Date:  1992-06-22     Revised Date:  2006-08-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8110188     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  214-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / pathology
Brain Damage, Chronic / diagnosis,  etiology*,  psychology
Burns, Electric / complications*
Hypertension / etiology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Time Factors
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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