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Tension empyema as a reversible cause for cardiac arrest


Empyema is a well recognised complication of pneumonia.1 We report a case of pulseless electrical activity (PEA) treated in the emergency department (ED) with intercostal tube drainage based on clinical findings, where a tension empyema was found to be the cause. To our knowledge, this is the first report of actual cardiac arrest from this cause.

  • PEA, pulseless electrical activity
  • arrest
  • cardiac
  • empyema
  • tension

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