We report a case of anaphylaxis with pulseless electrical activity (PEA)(verified by ECG and a radial intra-arterial line) in a 30-year-old woman who received 3G Promiten (dextran-1) and a prophylactic intra-venous infusion of Macrodex (dextran) for postoperative thromboembolism during caesarean section for pre-eclampsia in the 24th week of gestation. Manual chest compressions, followed by mechanical chest compressions (LUCAS, Jolife, Lund, Sweden), were performed for 50 min before restoration of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). She awoke the next day with no sequelae. She had some suction cup marks on the sternum but otherwise no complications of the chest compressions. At follow up by phone 1 month later, she and her baby were doing well. © 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
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