PMID: 9873Jan 1, 1975

Pulmonary edema in hangings

Annales de l'anesthésiologie française
C PetitjeanJ Rendoing


The authors present two cases of unsuccessful hanging which hat lead to a very severe neurological picture and especially the very rapid appearance of acute pulmonary edema resulting in a vertiable flooding of the alveoli. The victims, aged respectively 21 and 15 years, were free from any pre-existing cardiopathy. These cases of pulmonary edema, resistant to depletive therapy (bleeding, diuretics) and cardiotonic agents (Cedilanid) should only be jugulated after a one hour session of oxygen at 3 ATA with a baro-assisted respirator. The following are discussed with reference to these two cases: 1- The mode of occurrence of this type of pulmonary edema: - implication of sub-acute anoxic cerebral damage; - high negative alveolar pressures owing to a gasp-type ventilation with a closed glottis. 2- The opportunity for the very early treatment of the oxygen deficit contracted by the brain and myocardium.

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