Electrical injury to the central nervous system may lead to neurologic compromise via pleiotropic mechanisms. It may cause current-related, thermal or nonthermal damage followed by secondary mechanisms.
We herein report a case of a 20-year old man, who experienced a low-voltage electric injury due to an occupational accident.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) one week after the insult allowed differentiation of pathophysiologic features including thermal, nonthermal and hypoxic cerebral lesions.
The capability of MRI assessing a variety of lesions for diagnostic and potentially prognostic reasons is presented.