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Myocardial injury due to lightning.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9387016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The report deals with a 27-year-old male who was standing in a tent and was injured by lightning as it struck a tree about 1.5 m away. He immediately lost consciousness and exhibited ventricular fibrillation when the emergency physician arrived. A clinical picture of hypoxaemic brain damage emerged after initially successful resuscitation. Brain death was diagnosed on the fifth day after injury. The discrete external findings (remaining arborescent skin marks) contrasted markedly with the severe thermal damage to the pectoral muscle and cardiac musculature found during the autopsy. The histological cardiac findings indicated severe acute myocardial infarction affecting virtually all parts of the myocardium.
F Zack; U Hammer; I Klett; R Wegener
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of legal medicine     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0937-9827     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Legal Med.     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-01-22     Completed Date:  1998-01-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101456     Medline TA:  Int J Legal Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  326-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität Rostock, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Autopsy / methods*
Heart Injuries / complications,  pathology*
Lightning Injuries / complications,  pathology*
Myocardial Infarction / etiology*,  pathology

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