CC BY 4.0 · Indian Journal of Neurotrauma 2023; 20(02): 065-070
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1739481
Review Article

Electrical Injuries and Neurosurgery: A Case Report and Review of Literature

1   National Neurosciences Mission, Adarsha Super-Specialty Hospital, Manipal-Udupi, Karnataka, India
Ganesh Kumar Manoharan
2   Department of Neurosurgery, Velammal Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jaspreet Singh Dil
1   National Neurosciences Mission, Adarsha Super-Specialty Hospital, Manipal-Udupi, Karnataka, India
A. Raja
1   National Neurosciences Mission, Adarsha Super-Specialty Hospital, Manipal-Udupi, Karnataka, India
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Funding None.


Introduction Electrical injuries account for 5 to 27% of admissions to burn units. The nervous system is affected in as much as 21% of nervous injuries, with reported mortality.

Case Report The authors report a case of a patient presenting to the neurosurgical service with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused due to an electrical burn. Available data was reviewed through a PubMed search of literature, with special attention to the nature of presentation, classification of such injuries, the pathophysiology of the events that arise, complications to be expected, and the guidelines for management.

Conclusion It is possible for electrical injuries to cause TBIs requiring neurosurgical intervention.


This article was presented (Award Paper) at the 29th Annual Conference of the Neurotrauma Society of India (NTSI), Madurai, on August 28, 2021.

Publication History

Article published online:
13 December 2021

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