Acute-Onset Quadriplegia With Recovery After High-Voltage Electrical Injury

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Abstract

Although uncommon, electrical injuries are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. There have been several reports of neurological sequelae secondary to electrical injury; however, the neurophysiology is still not completely understood. These neurological complications pose the greatest risk for permanent disability. We present a case of acute-onset quadriplegia after high-voltage electrical injury without radiographic evidence. Two months after the injury, the patient went on to regain partial sensorimotor function. Only a few case reports in the literature exist describing neurological recovery after electrical burn-induced quadriplegia. These cases are reviewed.

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