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Near Drowning in Sea Water and Fresh Water

Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(4):537-541. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-59-4-537
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The cardiorespiratory and biochemical events occurring during sea water or fresh water drowning in dogs have been extensively investigated (1-5). The available data in man, although suggestive, are too scanty to prove that a person reacts similarly to a dog after submergence (6).

The following 3 cases of survival after near drowning, 2 in sea water and 1 in fresh water, lend support to the presumption that the process of drowning in man is similar to that in the dog. These patients also illustrate certain complications that may be encountered after rescue and resuscitation from near drowning.



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