Burning Chest Pain

Jane Ramp, Michael Rezak, Lynn Simon, Rebecca Wurtz

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To the Editor: We would like to report a new syndrome to add to the differential diagnosis of chest pain. A 36-year-old male intern who was running to a cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempt noted diaphoresis and shortness of breath associated with this exertion. On returning from the “code,” he experienced an intense, burning pain in the left part of the chest. On palpation, his shirt pocket was warm and he observed smoke rising from the pocket. On further investigation, he discovered that the reserve battery for his beeper was resting between two metallic pens and, by completing a circuit, was generating….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1662-1663
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 26 1985


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