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The Lazarus phenomenon following recreational drug use
  1. A Walker,
  2. H McClelland,
  3. J Brenchley
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Walker, Specialist Registrar (alison.walkerl{at}


A case is reported of the Lazarus phenomenon (the return of spontaneous circulation after cardiopulmonary resuscitation had been abandoned) in a patient following recreational drug use. The implications for management of cardiac arrest in the emergency department are discussed.

  • Lazarus phenomenon
  • recreational drug use

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