June 1968

Electrical Injury to the Larynx

Author Affiliations

Iowa City
From the Department of Surgery, University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City. Dr. Shumrick is at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati.

Arch Surg. 1968;96(6):975-978. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1968.01330240121029

AN ELECTRICAL burn of the larynx is a devastating injury with a highly fatal portent. Yet, complete rehabilitation after such trauma can be within reach of current surgical techniques. A patient with this unusual problem was recently treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals with success.

Report of a Case  On Nov 8, 1965, a 68-year-old farmer helped his neighbor push a corn elevator (a 50-foot long, wheeled device with a conveyor belt projecting upward on an extension 30 feet above the ground) to a storage shed. The metal extension arm collided with a 7,200 v overhead power line. At the moment of contact, only the patient was pushing the machine. The neighbor saw a burst of flame and a cloud of smoke on the patient's side of the corn elevator and found him unconscious on the ground. The patient revived spontaneously and was taken to a local hospital, where

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