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Resuscitation. 2006 Nov;71(2):260-2. Epub 2006 Sep 20.

Colon ischaemia and necrosis as a complication of prolonged but successful CPR.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care Services, Pain Therapy and Palliative Care, H.-Hart Hospital, 8800 Roeselare, Belgium.


Survival after prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is often associated with neurological and other sequelae. We describe a patient who survived prolonged cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation neurologically intact but suffered colon ischaemia and necrosis in the post-resuscitation period. Subtotal colectomy was performed. We wonder whether this complication was related to the use of vasopressin.

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