Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents: case reports

N. S. Levine, A. Atkins, D. W. McKeel, S. D. Peck, Basil A Pruitt

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Abstract

Case reports of 2 patients with electric injury to the spinal cord are presented. In one patient, the injury was fatal and a postmortem could be performed. A literature review suggests that electric injury to the spinal cord may be either transient or permanent. In transient injuries the symptoms appear immediately and usually clear within 24 hr after the accident. They may be associated with minimal injury to the skin and deep structures. The extent of such injury ranges from localized paresis to quadriplegia. Motor deficits occur more frequently than sensory loss. The clinical presentation may take the form of an ascending paralysis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or a transverse myelitis. Neurologic recovery is unusual; but functional loss may be minimized by vigorous physical therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma
Volume15
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

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Spinal Cord Injuries
Accidents
Electric Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord
Transverse Myelitis
Quadriplegia
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Paresis
Paralysis
Nervous System
Skin
Therapeutics

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Levine, N. S., Atkins, A., McKeel, D. W., Peck, S. D., & Pruitt, B. A. (1975). Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents: case reports. Journal of Trauma, 15(5), 459-463.

Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents : case reports. / Levine, N. S.; Atkins, A.; McKeel, D. W.; Peck, S. D.; Pruitt, Basil A.

In: Journal of Trauma, Vol. 15, No. 5, 1975, p. 459-463.

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Levine, NS, Atkins, A, McKeel, DW, Peck, SD & Pruitt, BA 1975, 'Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents: case reports', Journal of Trauma, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 459-463.
Levine NS, Atkins A, McKeel DW, Peck SD, Pruitt BA. Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents: case reports. Journal of Trauma. 1975;15(5):459-463.
Levine, N. S. ; Atkins, A. ; McKeel, D. W. ; Peck, S. D. ; Pruitt, Basil A. / Spinal cord injury following electrical accidents : case reports. In: Journal of Trauma. 1975 ; Vol. 15, No. 5. pp. 459-463.
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