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Cerebral gas embolism resulting from inhalation of pressurized helium.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8780487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Loss of consciousness, a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, rightside weakness, and pneumomediastinum developed suddenly in a 13-year-old boy who had inhaled helium directly from a pressurized helium tank. His condition improved dramatically with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, and he had apparently regained complete neurologic function by the time of follow-up 2 weeks later. On the basis of the boy's clinical presentation and his response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we diagnosed a cerebral gas embolism.
B S Pao; S R Hayden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of emergency medicine     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0196-0644     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1996 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-11     Completed Date:  1996-10-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8002646     Medline TA:  Ann Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  363-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California at San Diego, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Embolism, Air / etiology*,  therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygenation
Mediastinal Emphysema / etiology*,  therapy
Seizures / etiology
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
Comment On:
Ann Emerg Med. 1996 Mar;27(3):343-6   [PMID:  8599495 ]
Erratum In:
Ann Emerg Med 1996 Nov;28(5):588

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