(Received 14 October 1973; accepted 3 January 1974)
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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 , pulmonary parenchymal laceration due to rib fractures , and perforation of air passages during intracardiac injections .
Pathologist, San Joaquin General Hospital, Stockton, Calif.
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