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Bilateral pneumothoraces and pneumomediastinum complicating a generalized tonic-clonic seizure.
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PMID:  18371255     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients often present to the emergency department following a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, particularly of new onset. Complications associated with seizures usually arise from injuries sustained from loss of consciousness or during convulsive activity. This report describes a patient with an idiopathic seizure who developed postictal alveolar edema and delayed bilateral pneumothoraces and pneumomediastinum. A literature search revealed only 1 other case of this potentially life-threatening pulmonary complication from seizures.
Helen Curran; John Ross
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  CJEM     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1481-8035     ISO Abbreviation:  CJEM     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-28     Completed Date:  2009-01-15     Revised Date:  2011-10-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100893237     Medline TA:  CJEM     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  176-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Follow-Up Studies
Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*,  radiography
Pneumothorax / etiology*,  radiography
Radiography, Thoracic
Seizures / complications*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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