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Electrical injury: an unusual cause of pneumothorax and a review of literature
  1. Ajay Handa1,
  2. Manjit Sharad Tendolkar1,
  3. Sarvinder Singh2 and
  4. Prakash N Gupta3
  1. 1 Pulmonary Medicine, Indian Naval Hospital Ship Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2 Pulmonary Medicine, Military Hospital, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
  3. 3 Pulmonary Medicine, Base Hospital Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Manjit Sharad Tendolkar, tendolkarmanjits{at}


Electrical injuries are a common occurrence and can be minor or even fatal depending on the voltage to which an individual has been exposed to. Electrical current causes tissue damage by producing heat due to local tissue resistance. Serious electrocution may manifest with cutaneous burns, visceral injuries, organ perforation, and cardiac and respiratory effects. Pneumothorax as a complication of electrical injury is a very rare entity. We report one such case of electrical burn injury with right-sided pneumothorax as an immediate complication.

  • pneumothorax
  • trauma

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  • Contributors AH was involved in making the diagnosis and management of the patient. He has provided guidance in writing the manuscript. MST was involved in compiling data for the manuscript and in data collection. SS was involved in managing the patient and in data collection. PNG was involved in the treatment of the patient and compiling data for the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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