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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 724174, 5 pages
Case Report

Autoresuscitation: A Case and Discussion of the Lazarus Phenomenon

1Department of Anaesthesiology, Kolding Hospital, Skovvangen 2-8, 6000 Kolding, Denmark
2Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark

Received 12 April 2015; Accepted 13 May 2015

Academic Editor: William J. Brady

Copyright © 2015 Kjartan Eskjaer Hannig et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lazarus phenomenon or autoresuscitation is a very rare condition defined as delayed unassisted return of spontaneous circulation after cessation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Based on a case with a 67-year-old male who came back to life after discontinuation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, we discuss the background and possible countermeasures related to the Lazarus phenomenon.