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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

On-line version ISSN 1988-611XPrint version ISSN 1135-7606


RICO, A. et al. Figures of Lichtenberg in a case of death from lightning. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2004, n.38, pp.53-58. ISSN 1988-611X.

A case of death from lightning is presented in which they are represented a great part of the lesions and findings that can be seen in the victims that suffer this type of accident. Stress is made on the unusual fern-like aboresque pattern that is typical of the action of the ray on the body (figures of Lichtenberg). These lesions are described and discussed as well as the mechanisms of death in this type of accidents and the different medico-legal problems established.

Keywords : Figures of Lichtenberg; lightning; forensic medicine.

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