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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2012 Jun;14(6):771-2. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivr116. Epub 2012 Feb 26.

Air embolism complicating computed tomography-guided core needle biopsy of the lung.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Abstract

Computed tomography-guided transthoracic lung biopsy is a common clinical procedure for the diagnosis of a broad range of pulmonary pathological conditions. Mild self-limiting pneumothorax and haemoptysis are common complications of this procedure. Air embolism is a potentially life-threatening but extremely rare complication. We report a case of an air embolism in the left ventricle of the heart that developed after a computed tomography-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of the lung. The patient did not exhibit cardiac or cerebral symptoms after conservative treatment. The patient underwent a successful left thoracotomy with a lobectomy of the left lower lobe of the lung 5 days after the biopsy and recovered uneventfully.

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22371385
PMCID:
PMC3352700
DOI:
10.1093/icvts/ivr116
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