Isolated pulmonary hemorrhage after electric shock: a rare phenomenon

Submitted: January 5, 2023
Accepted: April 13, 2023
Published: July 28, 2023
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Any type of contact with electricity of low or high voltage can cause injury to the human body, with a variable effect on the body. Low-voltage injury is quite common worldwide, but there is very little information present in the available literature. The degree of organ damage depends on many factors, which include the duration of electric current exposure, current type, and nature of the affected tissue. The most common presentations are muscle injury, hyperkalemia, pulmonary edema, and rarely isolated diffuse pulmonary hemorrhage. We present a case of bilateral pulmonary hemorrhage due to electric shock with no visible signs of damage to the chest wall when exposed to a 220 V shock. The diagnosis was confirmed by fresh hemoptysis, chest imaging that showed bilateral perihilar ground glass opacities, and bronchoscopy findings. Given a life-threatening condition, a timely diagnosis is required, as massive hemoptysis can occlude the airways, leading to hypoxia and mortality.



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Singh, Devendra Kumar, Gaurav Pandey, Syed Haider Mehdi Rizvi, and Pankaj Kumar Singh. 2023. “Isolated Pulmonary Hemorrhage After Electric Shock: A Rare Phenomenon”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 94 (1).