ROY M. CULPEPPER, M.D.
Near-drowning in humans is a well-recognized clinical entity associated with a wide range of physiological derangements. Among the most frequent findings are acidosis and hypoxemia (1-3). Hemolysis occurs with varying frequency (1, 2), especially in fresh water drowning. The following case illustrates an acquired bleeding disorder associated with the above findings.
A 20-year-old man was recovered from a fresh water lake while swimming. He had reportedly been drinking beer earlier that day, though he was not intoxicated. Use of any other drug was strongly denied by companions. Treatment in a local emergency room consisted of intubation with ventilatory assistance, oxygen
ROY M. CULPEPPER. Bleeding Diathesis in Fresh Water Drowning. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:675. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-5-675_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(5):675.
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