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Focal lingual dystonia, urinary incontinence, and sensory deficits secondary to low voltage electrocution: case report and literature review
  1. J R Baskerville,
  2. S A McAninch
  1. Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation, Temple, Texas, USA and The Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J R Baskerville, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76508, USA


Electrocution injuries are well reported in review articles and cases of high voltage electrocution injury are abundant. However, reports of low voltage electrocution injury are few. A case is presented of low voltage shock from a 120 volt AC source with presentation, acute and chronic course, and a five year follow up. The patient experienced several unusual complications of low voltage electrocution: a persistent right tongue deviation, which initially presents as an isolated hypoglossal nerve palsy, but subsequently manifests as a focal lingual dystonia; total body paresthesia with urinary incontinence; and persistent sensory deficits to the face and tongue.

  • focal lingual dystonia
  • electrocution
  • nerve palsy
  • tongue deviation
  • temporomandibular joint
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