Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lightning Injury Underlying Cause

Lightning injuries are caused by the electrical current from a lightning strike. Lightening is a form of direct current electricity. The voltage from lightning may vary between 103 million to 2 billion volts, and the current may reach 300,000 amps.

Unlike generated electricity, lightning tends to travel over the outside of the body. It may cause cardiac and respiratory arrest, but is less likely to damage deep parts of the body.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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