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Atraumatic cardiac arrest in apparently healthy young women.
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PMID:  9422204     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sudden non-traumatic death in young people (< 30 years old) has been discussed both in systematic studies and anecdotal reports. After presenting three remarkable cases, a global survey of the incidence with special reference to the Belgian CPCR database, ethiopathogenesis and prognosis of sudden non-traumatic death in this specific age group is given. The atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) related and especially the non-CAD related causes are extensively discussed as well as the role of intoxication and increasing drug and substance abuse. After conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation with restoration of spontaneous circulation and a favourable neurological outcome, a thorough search for the underlying disease is mandatory. The involvement of drugs or other toxins has to be excluded in the first place. Apart from transoesophageal echocardiography and coronary angiography, electrophysiological testing, serological exams, myocardial biopsy and magnetic resonance imaging should be considered.
P van de Putte; P R Martens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0969-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1995 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-05     Completed Date:  1998-02-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442482     Medline TA:  Eur J Emerg Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, AZ St Jan, Brugge, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Disease-Free Survival
Heart Arrest / etiology*,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Heart Block / complications*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Myocardial Infarction / complications*,  diagnosis,  therapy
Pacemaker, Artificial
Ventricular Fibrillation / complications*,  physiopathology,  therapy

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