Reversible dilative cardiomyopathy after electrical injury: A case report

Eirini Liodaki*, Virginia Galati, Martin Bethge, Wolfgang Göpel, Peter Mailaender, Felix Stang

*Corresponding author for this work


Background: Dilative cardiomyopathy is an uncommon cardiac complication of electric shock. Case presentation: We report a case of a 12-year-old German boy with a high voltage injury who developed a four-chamber dilative cardiomyopathy, which was diagnosed on the 13th week postburn. One year after the accident, echocardiography showed a normal function of his heart with 64% ejection fraction and normal cavities' dimensions. Conclusions: Despite the fact that dilative cardiomyopathy is not very common in electrical injuries but can be fatal, a prolonged echocardiography follow-up for patients with electrical injury could be recommended. Until now this case is the first child with severe burns after electrocution, who developed a reversible dilative cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number333
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 08.11.2018


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