Electrical Injury to the Larynx

David W. Furnas, MD; Donald A. Shumrick, MD
Arch Surg. 1968;96(6):975-978. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1968.01330240121029.
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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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