Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: For 35 years (1959-1994), lightning
has been the second largest storm-related cause of death in the United States,
exceeded only by flash floods.1 Lightning
kills approximately 100 people each year and is responsible for 5 to 10 times
more injuries.2 The sequelae of lightning
injury are not well appreciated either by the lay public or by many physicians.
Many survivors of lightning injury complain of chronic pain syndromes, sympathetic
nervous system injury, sleep disturbances, and neurocognitive deficits.2,3 Because people who are struck
by lightning are most often healthy and productive young adults, lightning
strike injuries represent a significant source of disability.1- 3
Cooper MA, Holle R, Lopez R. Recommendations for Lightning Safety. JAMA. 1999;282(12):1132-1133. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-12-jbk0922