Eleven-year-old male with high-voltage electrical injury and premature ventricular contractions

Demetrios N. Kyriacou*, Arnold Zigman, Robert Sapien, Andrew Stanitsas

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We present a case of a boy with potential high-voltage electrical injury. The patient sustained electrical injuries after his kite became entangled in a high-power electrical line. He presented to the emergency department with minor external electrical burns and frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). The patient's clinical course is outlined. A discussion of the epidemiology of high-voltage electrical injury in children and the clinical management of electrical-injury-induced cardiac complications is provided. Although cardiac abnormalities are found in a significant proportion of high-voltage electrical injuries, the vast majority are evident within 12 h, resolve spontaneously within a few days, and cause little or no long-term sequelae. A small proportion of normal children have clinically benign PVCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • electrical injury
  • premature ventricular contractions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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