Trigeminal neuralgia following lightning injury

Alfonso S.López Chiriboga, William P. Cheshire

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Lightning and other electrical incidents are responsible for more than 300 injuries and 100 deaths per year in the United States alone. Lightning strikes can cause a wide spectrum of neurologic manifestations affecting any part of the neuraxis through direct strikes, side flashes, touch voltage, connecting leaders, or acoustic shock waves. This article describes the first case of trigeminal neuralgia induced by lightning injury to the trigeminal nerve, thereby adding a new syndrome to the list of possible lightning-mediated neurologic injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e7-e9
JournalJournal of Oral and Facial Pain and Headache
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2017


  • Electric shock
  • Headache
  • Lightning-mediated injury
  • Neural damage
  • Paroxysmal pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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