Lightning strike: a first case of unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis

  • Timucin Alar Thorax Surgery Department, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey.
  • Yildiz Degirmenci | ydegir@gmail.com Neurology Department, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey.
  • Handan Isin Ozisik Karaman Neurology Department, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey.

Abstract

Lightning injury is the second most common cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Despite the several neurological complications such as polyneuropathy, myelopathy, spinal cord injury, motor neuron disease due to the lightning-induced injury, there is no documented case of unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. We describe the case of a patient with a history of lightning strike at childhood period, prior the onset of isolated, diaphragmatic paralysis, unilaterally. Clinical and electrophysiological findings suggest an injury restricted to the phrenic nerve, unilaterally.

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2011-11-02
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Keywords:
lightning injury, phrenic nerve, diaphragmatic paralysis.
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Alar, T., Degirmenci, Y., & Ozisik Karaman, H. I. (2011). Lightning strike: a first case of unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. Clinics and Practice, 1(4), e94. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2011.e94