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Post-operative shortness of breath
  1. M Haden
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Haden, Emergency Department, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK; mark.haden{at}doctors.org.uk

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Clinical introduction

A previously well 34-year-old woman presented to the ED in the evening following an elective arthroscopy of her right shoulder and removal of a paralabral cyst. She had undergone a general anaesthetic and right interscalene nerve block, and the operation had gone well. She presented with chest ‘heaviness’ and shortness of breath immediately postoperatively which failed to resolve upon returning home and …

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