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Massive paradoxical air embolism in brain occurring after central venous catheterization: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20890441     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cerebral air embolism is a rare but fatal complication of central venous catheterization. Here, we report a case of paradoxical cerebral air embolism associated with central venous catheterization. An 85-yr-old man underwent right internal jugular vein catheterization, and became obtunded. Brain MR imaging and CT revealed acute infarction with multiple air bubbles on the side of catheter insertion. The possibility of cerebral air embolism should be considered in patients developing neurological impairment after central venous catheterization, and efforts should be made to limit cerebral damage.
Seon-Sook Han; Sam Soo Kim; Hyun Pyo Hong; Seo-Young Lee; Seung-Joon Lee; Bong-Ki Lee
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of Korean medical science     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1598-6357     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Korean Med. Sci.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  2011-02-17     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703518     Medline TA:  J Korean Med Sci     Country:  Korea (South)    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1536-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Kangwon National University, School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Brain / pathology
Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Embolism, Air / etiology*,  ultrasonography
Embolism, Paradoxical / etiology*,  ultrasonography
Intracranial Embolism / etiology*,  ultrasonography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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