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The pseudo-rhythmic electroendephalogram after cardiac arrest.
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PMID:  1220524     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Five cases are presented showing on the EEG pseudo-rhythmic discharges appearing on almost flat lines, after reanimation of a cardiac arrest. The morphology of the complexes is quite similar, except in the period immediately preceding death, where they are more disformed. All patients died within the following days, except one. In four of the five cases myoclonic jerks occurred, consisting of brief convulsions over the whole body, especially in the arms and the face. A literature survey shows that this EEG pattern after circulatory arrest, is not rare. It is almost always followed by death. Myoclonic jerks may or may not be present and are not necessarily synchronous with the EEG discharges. The electrogenetic origin is not yet elucidated, although it seems that the pattern may appear at a state of complete loss of cortical function.
L Van Der Plaetsen; R Matthys; H Vander Eecken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Belgica     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0300-9009     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol Belg     Publication Date:  1975  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-05-25     Completed Date:  1976-05-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0247035     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Belg     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-99     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Heart Arrest / complications,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Spasms, Infantile / etiology
Time Factors

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