Critical airway obstruction, superior vena cava syndrome, and spontaneous cardiac arrest in a child with acute leukemia.

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We report the unusual presentation of a previously healthy girl with sudden cardiopulmonary arrest caused by acute lymphoblastic leukemia and mediastinal involvement leading to acute tracheal and airway obstruction. Despite active resuscitation and mechanical ventilation, she developed severe cerebral edema as a result of cerebral asphyxia. She also had… (More)

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