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Coronary artery air embolism: a potentially fatal complication of CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsy.
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PMID:  20335438     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CT-guided transthoracic lung biopsy is becoming a widely accepted procedure for the diagnosis of pulmonary lesions. The rate of severe complications following such a procedure has been reported. Of these complications, air embolism is the most likely to be fatal. We report a case of right coronary air embolism resulting in myocardial infarction after a CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of the lung. The patient died from underlying malignant disease 4 months later.
H-M Cheng; K-H Chiang; P-Y Chang; Y-F Chou; H-W Huang; A S-B Chou; P-S Yen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of radiology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1748-880X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Radiol     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-25     Completed Date:  2010-06-03     Revised Date:  2013-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373125     Medline TA:  Br J Radiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e83-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Tzu Chi University and Tzu Chi College of Technology, Hualien, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy, Needle / adverse effects*,  methods
Coronary Vessels*
Embolism, Air / etiology*,  radiography
Fatal Outcome
Lung / pathology*
Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
Myocardial Infarction / etiology*
Radiography, Interventional
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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