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September 1977

Systemic Gas Embolus: A Discussion of Its Pathogenesis in the Neonate, With a Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(9):984-985. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120220050008

• We report, a term newborn infant with congenital vocal cord paralysis and congenital viral myocarditis. In her five days of life she developed a pneumomediastinum, pneumopericardium, subcutaneous emphysema, and terminally a pneumothorax and systemic air embolus. This unusual case is used to develop a concept of the pathogenesis of extraventilatory air, and is also represented in diagrammatic form.

(Am J Dis Child 131:984-985, 1977)

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