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Tension pneumoperitoneum.
  1. P Burdett-Smith,
  2. L Jaffey
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Royal Liverpool, University Hospital.


    Tension pneumoperitoneum developing in a middle aged asthmatic male during resuscitation after a respiratory arrest is reported. This was associated with bilateral tension pneumothorax and caused severe respiratory embarrassment which was relieved by needle decompression, after decompression of the pneumothoraces. The chest is not the only body cavity that can contain air under tension.

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