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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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