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A 51-Year-Old Woman With Blanched Skin, Coagulopathy, Abdominal Pain, and Cardiopulmonary Failure*

Mariam A. Al-Ansari, MD
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*From the Intensive Care Unit, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Ministry of Health, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Correspondence to: Mariam A. Al-Ansari, MD, Consultant Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, PO Box 12, Kingdom of Bahrain; e-mail: dr_mariam5@hotmail.com



Chest. 2007;131(5):1603-1607. doi:10.1378/chest.06-1368
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A 51-year-old woman with a history of hypertension developed sudden confusion, drowsiness, and severe abdominal pain 4 days after undergoing clipping of an anterior communicating cerebral artery aneurysm. Her social history was significant for migraines and two abortions.

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