PMID: 8933321Sep 1, 1996Paper

Eleven-year-old male with high-voltage electrical injury and premature ventricular contractions

The Journal of Emergency Medicine
D N KyriacouA Stanitsas


We present a case of a boy with potential high-voltage electrical injury. The patient sustained electrical injuries after his kite became entangled in a high-power electrical line. He presented to the emergency department with minor external electrical burns and frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). The patient's clinical course is outlined. A discussion of the epidemiology of high-voltage electrical injury in children and the clinical management of electrical-injury-induced cardiac complications is provided. Although cardiac abnormalities are found in a significant proportion of high-voltage electrical injuries, the vast majority are evident within 12 h, resolve spontaneously within a few days, and cause little or no long-term sequelae. A small proportion of normal children have clinically benign PVCs.


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