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Fatal central venous air embolism: A rare complication of esophageal dilation by rendezvous.
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PMID:  19953633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND.: Esophageal dilation by rendezvous is a useful technique for the treatment of complicated esophageal strictures. METHODS AND RESULTS.: We present a case of a 74-year-old man with chronic dysphagia caused by a complete cervical esophageal stricture that developed after external beam radiotherapy for treatment of papillary thyroid carcinoma. During attempted dilation using the rendezvous technique, the patient suffered a fatal pulmonary air embolism. The technique of esophageal dilation by rendezvous, complications, and risk factors for development of venous air embolism are discussed. CONCLUSION.: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in the literature of fatal venous air embolism after dilation by rendezvous. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2010.
Philip B Zald; Peter E Andersen
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Head & neck     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1097-0347     ISO Abbreviation:  Head Neck     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8902541     Medline TA:  Head Neck     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  441-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health and Sciences University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, PV-01, Portland, OR 97239.
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