Lightning injury: A review

Amber E. Ritenour, Melinda Morton, John G. McManus, David J. Barillo, Leopoldo C. Cancio

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Lightning is an uncommon but potentially devastating cause of injury in patients presenting to burn centers. These injuries feature unusual symptoms, high mortality, and significant long-term morbidity. This paper will review the epidemiology, physics, clinical presentation, management principles, and prevention of lightning injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-594
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Burns
  • Lightning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

Cite this

Ritenour, A. E., Morton, M., McManus, J. G., Barillo, D. J., & Cancio, L. C. (2008). Lightning injury: A review. Burns, 34(5), 585-594.