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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2017;28(3): 282-285.
Cardiac Arrest in a Patient with a Severely Distended Colon
Soon Chang Park, Young Mo Cho, Hyung Bin Kim, Byung Kwan Bae, Sung-Wook Park
Department of Emergency Medicine, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea
Correspondence  Sung-Wook Park ,Tel: 051-240-7503, Fax: 051-253-6472, Email: psu52156@naver.com,
Received: April 4, 2017; Revised: April 6, 2017   Accepted: June 5, 2017.  Published online: June 30, 2017.
Toxic megacolon is a devastating complication of colitis, which is commonly caused by inflammatory bowel disease. Frequently reported complications of toxic megacolon are bleeding, sepsis, colon perforation, and shock. Herein, we report a rare case of cardiac arrest that was likely caused by toxic megacolon in a 49-year-old male, who experienced 3 months of intermittent dyspnea and abdominal distension that abruptly worsened before presentation. Our case suggests that severe colon dilation complicated by toxic megacolon, especially accompanied by cardiopulmonary symptoms and signs, has the potential to progress to an abdominal compartment syndrome, which is a rare but life-threatening complication.
Key words: Megacolon, toxic, Heart arrest, Critical care, Case reports
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