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Paraplegia due to peripheral venous air embolus in a neonate: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6973128     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A term male infant with pneumonia was receiving fluid and antibiotics through an intravenous line in the scalp. Air was accidentally infused in this line. Subsequently, discoloration of the skin, a flaccid paraplegia, hematuria, and gastrointestinal bleeding occurred as the presumed effect of venous air entering the systemic arteries. The umbilical vessels were never catheterized. Absence of any apparent cerebral air embolism is interpreted as being due to the infant's position (head down) at the time of air infusion. The pathogenesis and prevention of this tragic complication are discussed.
J Willis; C Duncan; S Gottschalk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1981 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-09-25     Completed Date:  1981-09-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  472-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
Embolism, Air / etiology*
Fluid Therapy
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
Hematuria / etiology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / drug therapy,  etiology*
Infusions, Parenteral / adverse effects*
Paraplegia / etiology*
Pneumonia / drug therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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