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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 406--409

Cardiac troponin I: A potent biomarker for myocardial damage assessment following high voltage electric burn


1 Department of Pathology, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Cardiology, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Burn Surgery, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dhananjay S Chitnis
Department of Pathology, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Manikbagh Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.197225

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Myocardial infarction (MI) following high voltage electric burn is very rare, and its pathogenesis remains controversial. Electrical burns represent only 4% of all burns. Hence, clinical managements have taken a slow pace in developing. The recent guidelines laid down by the cardiology societies include cardiac troponin I (cTnI) as the gold standard marker for the assessment of myocardial damage assessment. Two patients were admitted to our hospital at the different time with the same kind of high voltage electric burn. Both patients had complained with chest discomfort during admission, and cardiac parameter assessment was done for both the patients. cTnI was also measured for both patients, and marked increase in the values was seen within 5 h of onset of myocardial damage and got into normal range within 72 h. Myocardial damage following electric burn needs to be suspected and assessed as early as possible. Hence, cTnI should be the valuable tool to detect the severity of myocardial damage incurred in the electric burn cases.






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