Put Your Lights On: Electrocution As a Cause of an Unexplained Fall and Loss of Consciousness

  • Magdalena Grzesiek Klinik für Innere Medizin, Klinik Hallerwiese, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Christina Ellmann Klinik für Innere Medizin 4, Klinikum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Tilmann Ditting Klinik für Innere Medizin 4, Klinikum Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany


Electric shock, crush syndrome, bruises and unconsciousness of unclear origin


Electrical accidents are not reported very frequently, and may occur undetected as the signs are often manifold and not very specific. We report the case of a 43-year-old woman admitted to hospital due to a fall of unclear cause, with loss of consciousness, partial amnesia, paresis of both legs and crush syndrome. Only by thorough and repeated history-taking, and a careful physical examination that revealed burns typical of electrical current injuries, was the case resolved. With this case presentation, we would like to make the reader aware of electrocution as a possible cause of bruises and unconsciousness of unclear origin.


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  • Published: 2019-05-13

    Issue: Vol 6 No 5 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Grzesiek, M., Ellmann, C., & Ditting, T. (2019). Put Your Lights On: Electrocution As a Cause of an Unexplained Fall and Loss of Consciousness. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 6(5). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2019_001084