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Delayed Brain Atrophy After Electrical Injury

Isao, Tasaki MD*; Masaki, Fujioka MD*; Riko, Nakayama MD*; Seiichi, Higuchi MD†

Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation: September/October 2005 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - pp 456-458
Case Reports

We report a case of delayed brain atrophy after electrical injury. A 12-year-old boy sustained extensive burns by touching a high-voltage power line. The burn area comprised more than 60% TBSA, and he subsequently underwent several surgical procedures. Two months later, he suddenly developed seizures. Initial findings on magnetic resonance imaging showed diffuse cortical damage in the left brain. Two months later, motor aphasia appeared, and a second magnetic resonance imaging scan showed atrophy in the left temporal and frontal lobes. Owing to speech rehabilitation, the patient gradually recovered his capacity for speech. Eight months later, his speech was almost perfect. We believe that because the patient was young, early speech rehabilitation was effective.

From the *Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and †Department Psychopathology, National Nagasaki Medical Center, Nagasaki, Japan.

Address correspondence to: Tasaki Isao, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National Nagasaki Medical Center, 1001-1 Kubara 2 Ohmura City, Japan 856-8562.

©2005The American Burn Association