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Positioning a right atrial air aspiration catheter using transesophageal echocardiography.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8829558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The occurrence of venous air embolism (VAE) during neurosurgery in the sitting position is well documented. The optimal position of an air aspiration catheter appears to be with the catheter tip at the junction of the right atrium and superior vena cava (SVC). A number of localization techniques have been described, with the electrocardiographic guided technique being the most commonly employed. This case report describes the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for the precise and timely placement of a right atrial-SVC air aspiration catheter.
S T Reeves; L A Bevis; B N Bailey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgical anesthesiology     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0898-4921     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosurg Anesthesiol     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-17     Completed Date:  1996-10-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8910749     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg Anesthesiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425-2207, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Transesophageal*
Embolism, Air / prevention & control*,  ultrasonography
Heart Atria / ultrasonography
Heart Catheterization / methods*
Intraoperative Complications / prevention & control*
Middle Aged
Vena Cava, Superior / ultrasonography

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