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Failed resuscitation in acute severe asthma: a medical indication for emergency thoracotomy?
  1. R H Diament,
  2. J P Sloan
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, General Infirmary, Leeds, England.


    A case is reported in which a 32-year-old man who had a cardiac arrest secondary to acute severe asthma was successfully resuscitated following an emergency thoracotomy when conventional external measures failed.

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