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Vertebral venous air embolism: an unusual complication following colonoscopy: report of a case.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12907914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although fiberoptic colonoscopy has gained wide popularity as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool, there remains an inherent complication rate following colonoscopic evaluation. Endoscopically induced bowel perforation and uncontrolled bleeding often necessitate immediate surgical intervention. Another often-unrecognized complication is the introduction of air into the vertebral venous system. A case of vertebral venous air embolism after routine diagnostic colonoscopy is reported with a review of current literature.
Mitchell I Chorost; James T Wu; Hueldine Webb; Bimal C Ghosh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diseases of the colon and rectum     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0012-3706     ISO Abbreviation:  Dis. Colon Rectum     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-08     Completed Date:  2003-10-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372764     Medline TA:  Dis Colon Rectum     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1138-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, State University Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York 11209, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Colonoscopy / adverse effects*
Embolism, Air / etiology*,  radiography
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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