Excerpt from On the Relief of Excessive and Dangerous Tympanites, by Puncture of the Abdomen: A Memoir
Referring to the above statement of Dr Harley, Dr Goodridge Observes (see 'lancet,' April 21st, 1888) that he believes a fatal result in over-distension by ¿atus may arise f... rom the ¿atas bemg suddenly discharged, entailing a sudden fall of pressure in the vas onlar system, and with it fatal cardiac syncope, as in the case of the rapid evacuation of ¿uid in ascites. Surgeon-major W. Curran, in the Brit. Med. J April 28th, 1888, p. 859, alluding to the above statement, states that he had, in former years, published in the Indian Annals of Med. Science,' cases of sudden death after meals, as a result of pressure upon the heart.
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