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November 1975

Cutaneous Manifestations of Lightning Injury

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(11):1466-1468. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630230068012

• This report calls attention to a bizarre, almost pathognomonic, cutaneous feature of lightning injury. It has been variously described as "lightning prints," "arborescent" burns, or "feathering," and has long been neglected in the dermatologic literature. Its recognition may be lifesaving in the unaccompanied comatose patient and is important because even delayed resuscitation of lightning victims can be very successful.

(Arch Dermatol 111:1466-1468, 1975)