Traumatic Asphyxia Complicated by Unwitnessed Cardiac Arrest

Leonidas G. Koniaris, Marc E. Kross, Neil O'Malley, Edward E. Cornwell

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We report a case of traumatic asphyxia complicated by unwitnessed cardiac arrest in which the patient has made a good, functional recovery. Traumatic asphyxia is an uncommon clinical syndrome usually occurring after chest compression. Associated physical findings include subconjunctival hemorrhage and purple-blue neck and face discoloration. These facial changes can mimic those seen with massive closed head injury; however, cerebral injury after traumatic asphyxia usually occurs due to cerebral hypoxia. When such features are observed, the diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia should be considered. Prompt treatment with attention to the reestablishment of oxygenation and perfusion may result in good outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-908
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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    Koniaris, L. G., Kross, M. E., O'Malley, N., & Cornwell, E. E. (2000). Traumatic Asphyxia Complicated by Unwitnessed Cardiac Arrest. Southern Medical Journal, 93(9), 905-908.