The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2015 , Vol 57 , Num 2
ST-Segment Elevation Following Lightning Strike: Case Report and Review of the Literature
Divisions of 1Pediatric Cardiology and 2Pediatric Intensive Care, 3Department of Pediatrics, Dicle University Faculty of Medicine, Diyarbakır, Turkey.
Lightning strikes may cause injury to the heart, ranging from slight electrocardiographic changes to fatal damage. As heart injury is the most important cause of mortality in these patients, cardiac monitoring is crucial. Even though various ECG changes have been reported, published data on pathologic ST-segment changes is scarce. Herein, we present a seven-yearold patient with ST-segment elevation following a lightning strike. There is not sufficient data regarding lightning-related myocardial ischemia. However, because of the similar effects of lightning strikes and high-voltage electric shocks, we believe myocardial injury related to lightning may be managed in the same manner as is cardiac involvement associated with electric shock. Keywords : ST-segment elevation, lightning strike, child.
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