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Acute polyneuropathy due to lightning injury.
  1. C H Hawkes,
  2. J W Thorpe
  1. Neurological Centre, Ipswich Hospital, Suffolk, UK.


    The case of a 19 year old man struck by lightning is described. He sustained quadriplegia for several months and fully recovered. It is suggested that his weakness was due to extensive peripheral nerve damage. In addition, he displayed many well recognised medical complications of lightning injury including acute renal failure, rhabdomyolysis, respiratory distress syndrome, autonomic dysfunction, perforated ear drum, uveitis and cataract. The literature relating to the neurology of lightning strike is briefly reviewed.

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