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Cardiac arrest: an infrequent radiologic diagnosis
  1. Albert Pons Escoda,
  2. Javier Hernandez Gañan
  1. Department of radiology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Albert Pons Escoda, Department of radiology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, C/ Feixa Llarga SN, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona 08907, Spain; aponse{at}

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A patient in his 80s was brought to our emergency department with severe abdominal pain, hypotension and bradycardia. Initial laboratory findings revealed lactic acidosis. An abdominal CT was requested to rule out intestinal ischaemia or visceral perforation.

The CT showed blood-contrast levels in the superior vena cava and right auricle (figure 1, arrows in A) with minimal contrast flow …

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  • Contributors The authors have participated in the realisation, revision and correction of the manuscript and its images. The main author has done the bibliographic research and redacted the manuscript. Both authors have chosen the best showing images. All the authors read and approved the manuscript.

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