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Morphologic effects of defibrillation: a preliminary report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6488837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 72-yr-old man receiving more than 300 separate DC countershocks in 2 wk exhibited morphologic heart changes, including areas of coagulation necrosis in the subepicardium and areas of frank hemorrhage. In other sites the myocytes were pathologically contracted, a finding previously demonstrated in experimental animals as a result of defibrillation but not seen in man. We suggest that these changes may occur more often than has been previously supposed and thus may be of clinical importance.
S B Karch; M E Billingham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care medicine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0090-3493     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit. Care Med.     Publication Date:  1984 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-11-28     Completed Date:  1984-11-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0355501     Medline TA:  Crit Care Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  920-1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiomyopathies / etiology*,  pathology
Electric Countershock / adverse effects*
Hemorrhage / pathology
Tachycardia / therapy

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