Volume 19, Issue 3 (July 1974)

    Respirator-Induced Pneumothorax and Subcutaneous Emphysema: Experimental Overinflation of Cadaver Lungs

    (Received 14 October 1973; accepted 3 January 1974)

    Published Online: July

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Resuscitation maneuvers (including positive-pressure ventilation and closed chest cardiac massage) may be complicated by the formation of pneumothorax (PT), mediastinal emphysema (ME), or subcutaneous emphysema (SCE) [1–4]. Proposed mechanisms of these untoward effects have included overinflation [2–5], violent inspiratory efforts during inflation [4], pulmonary parenchymal laceration due to rib fractures [1], and perforation of air passages during intracardiac injections [1].


    Author Information:

    Lawrence, RD
    Pathologist, San Joaquin General Hospital, Stockton, Calif.


    Stock #: JFS10209J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10209J

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    Title Respirator-Induced Pneumothorax and Subcutaneous Emphysema: Experimental Overinflation of Cadaver Lungs
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