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Air embolism after intravenous injection of contrast material.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10498176     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Venous air embolism, though considered rare, occurs more frequently than it is recognized. We report the case of a 54-year-old man who was incidentally found to have air in the left brachiocephalic vein and right ventricle after contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT). Air embolism has been noted to occur after contrast-enhanced CT examination in up to 23% of patients. Because these emboli are small to moderate size and are usually venous, the patients are usually asymptomatic. We review the pathophysiology of air embolization and the recommended treatment.
S R Ie; M H Rozans; H M Szerlip
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-07     Completed Date:  1999-10-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  930-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contrast Media / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Embolism, Air / diagnosis,  etiology*,  therapy
Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis
Injections, Intravenous / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media

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