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Possible venous argon gas embolism complicating argon gas enhanced coagulation during liver surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10492418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a case of a major venous argon embolism during argon beam coagulation of a liver biopsy. The essential signs were an abrupt reduction in end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure, in SpO2 and in systolic arterial pressure, at the time of coagulation. Spontaneous recovery was observed within 10 min. Precautions in respect of usage are highlighted.
N Stojeba; G Mahoudeau; P Segura; C Meyer; A Steib
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0001-5172     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Anaesthesiol Scand     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-19     Completed Date:  1999-10-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370270     Medline TA:  Acta Anaesthesiol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  866-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Service d'anesthésie-réanimation, Hôpitaux universitaires de Strasbourg, Hôpital de Hautepierre, France.
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MeSH Terms
Argon / adverse effects*
Carbon Dioxide / analysis
Electrocoagulation / adverse effects*
Embolism, Air / etiology*
Hemostasis, Surgical / adverse effects
Hypotension / etiology
Intraoperative Complications*
Liver / pathology,  surgery*
Oxygen / blood
Partial Pressure
Tidal Volume
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide; 7440-37-1/Argon; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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