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An unusual case of respiratory arrest
  1. V Chew,
  2. J Azam,
  3. S Shah
  1. Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr V Chew, Pinderfields General Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 4DG, UK; victor.chew{at}

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A 38-year-old non-smoker was found by paramedics holding on to a salbutamol inhaler. Examination showed generalised reduced air entry but no wheeze. She was initially treated as having an acute exacerbation of asthma with nebulisers and intravenous steroid. On arrival at A&E, the patient deteriorated further and went into respiratory arrest. She was intubated and ventilated. A chest X-ray …

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