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Successful out-of-hospital defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation complicating solvent abuse.
  1. P A Nee,
  2. T Llewellyn,
  3. P E Pritty
  1. Accident & Emergency Department, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, England.


    The Authors describe the case history of a child who suffered a cardiac arrest with ventricular fibrillation after deliberate inhalation of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane in typewriter correction fluid thinners. Successful out-of-hospital defibrillation was carried out and the patient made a full recovery. The literature relating to this particular form of volatile substance abuse is reviewed.

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