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Fillers A memorable patient

The inflating lady

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1230
  1. Solomon Almond, senior registrar in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  1. Liverpool

    Some four years ago, as a novice medical registrar, I was awoken at 3 00 am by a panic stricken senior house officer who told me that an elderly woman had been admitted to the accident and emergency department in anaphylactic shock, presumably from a dressing on a trivial back injury. The patient had had adrenaline, steroids, antihistamine, and nebulisers but remained ill. Of particular worry was her worsening facial and neck oedema, which I was told was endangering her airway. …

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