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Respiratory compromise: a rare complication of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for angina pectoris.
  1. C J Mann
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth.


    Electrical stimulation of any muscle group may produce tetany. If the intercostal muscles are involved this may lead to respiratory embarrasment. A case is presented in which transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment for angina pectoris resulted in respiratory arrest.

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