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Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov;30(9):2091.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2011.12.032. Epub 2012 Aug 3.

Gastric perforation after cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


Gastric rupture is a rare complication after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In most cases, incorrect management of airways during CPR is the main cause. Therefore, a medical emergency becomes a surgical emergency also. We present a case of gastric perforation in a middle-aged patient after CPR performed by his family. He eventually presented with bloody vomitus and a tympanic abdomen. When faced with a patient with abdominal signs post-CPR, surgical complications of CPR should be considered.

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