Lung injury and pneumothorax after defibrillation as demonstrated with computed tomography

Gumus T., Yildirim D., Ucar G.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.31, no.6, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Many patients present for emergency services after electric injuries or require defibrillation during emergency services. Although the defibrillation process is safe, skin burns and myocardial injuries are reported after defibrillation procedures. There are limited data about the complications of defibrillation. In the case reported here, a lung injury and a small pneumothorax were observed after defibrillation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which computed tomography is used to demonstrate that a trace of electric current passed through the lung. Computed tomography may be an excellent diagnostic modality to demonstrate the severity and extent of electric injuries to the lung.