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Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2007;63(2):178-182.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4046/trd.2007.63.2.178    Published online August 1, 2007.
A Case of Massive Air Embolism after Contrast-enhanced Computed Tomography.
Byeong Chool Park, , Ho Kil, , Chan Sun Park, , Jee In Jeong, , Eun Young Choi, , Yoon Mi Shin, , Ki Man Lee, , Sung Jin Kim,
1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea. choekh@chungbuk.ac.kr
2Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea.
Abstract
A venous air embolism is a complication of various venous access procedures such as contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT). Although most cases of iatrogenic venous air embolisms during CECT involve a few milliliters of air and are asymptomatic, a massive venous air embolism can be fatal. We report a case of a massive intraventricular air embolism after CECT with a review of the literature regarding the pathophysiology and treatment of air embolisms.
Key Words: Air embolism, Contrast-enhanced computed tomography, Complication


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