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A case of acute myocardial infarction due to indirect lightning strike.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17543327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Lightning strike is a natural phenomenon with potentially devastating effects and represents one of the leading causes of cardiac arrest and death from environmental phenomena. Almost every organ system may be impaired as lightning passes through the human body preferring the pathways that the lowest resistance between the contact points. Lightning can also have widespread effects on the cardiovascular system, producing extensive catecholamine release or autonomic stimulation. The victim may develop hypertension, tachycardia, nonspecific electrocardiographic changes (including prolongation of the QT interval and transient T-wave inversion), and myocardial necrosis with release of creatine phosphokinase-MB fraction. We present the case of a 13-year-old boy with acute myocardial infarction secondary to an indirect lightning strike.
Authors:
Hayrettin Saglam; Yucel Yavuz; Yusuf Yurumez; Gulay Ozkececi; Celal Kilit
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2007-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1532-8430     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electrocardiol     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-12     Completed Date:  2007-12-12     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153605     Medline TA:  J Electrocardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  527-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Afyonkocatepe University of Medical School, Department of Cardiology, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Electrocardiography / methods*
Humans
Lightning Injuries / complications*,  diagnosis*
Male
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*,  etiology*

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